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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Leader Of Mt. Morris Cocaine Trafficking Ring Sentenced

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Carlos Garcia Rivero, 45, of Mt. Morris, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and 500 grams or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 108 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

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. Rivero was arrested by the FBI on February 20, 2019, as he arrived at JFK International Airport on a flight from Colombia.

Rivero would obtain 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 supplied those dealers with pre-packaged quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine, which would then be sold to individual drug users. Investigators located nearly 500 grams of powder cocaine hidden in the basement of Rivero’s residence o Chapel Street in Mt. Morris. Over $15,000 in cash was located at another premises utilized by Rivero’s organization for its drug dealing activities.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Guyton; 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 District Attorney Gregory J. McCaffrey.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 3, 2020