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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Leader Of Mt. Morris Cocaine Trafficking Ring Pleads Guilty

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Carlos Garcia Rivero, 45, of Mt. Morris, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and 500 grams or more of cocaine. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. McGrath, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was the leader of a cocaine trafficking organization based in Mt. Morris, NY. Rivero obtained bulk quantities of powder cocaine to be distributed, at his direction, by a number of street level drug dealers as either powder or crack cocaine. The defendant would supply the street level drug dealers with pre-packaged quantities, which they would then sell to individual drug users.

Rivero was arrested by the FBI on February 20, 2019, as he arrived at JFK International Airport on a flight arriving from Colombia. Investigators located nearly 500 grams of powder cocaine hidden in the basement of the defendant’s residence on Chapel Street in Mt. Morris. Over $15,000 in cash was located at another premises utilized by the organization for its drug dealing activities.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and the Livingston County Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff Thomas Dougherty; and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Gregory J. McCaffrey.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 22, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. before Chief Judge Geraci.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated February 20, 2020