Utica man pleads guilty in cocaine conspiracy case

A Utica man has pleaded guilty in a cocaine conspiracy case, according to U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge James Hunt.

Posted: Jun. 18, 2018 5:21 PM
Updated: Jun. 19, 2018 12:30 AM

A Utica man has pleaded guilty in a cocaine conspiracy case, according to U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge James Hunt.

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Jeffrey Rivera, 34, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. Rivera’s jury trial was set to begin Monday in federal court but instead Rivera entered a guilty plea.

As part of his guilty plea, Rivera admitted that he agreed with others to participate in a drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine. He also admitted he had obtained cocaine from co-conspirators within the organization and distributed, or arranged to distribute, the cocaine to others.

Rivera is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 25, and he faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years, or up to life in prison. He also faces a fine of up to $10,000,000 and a term of post-release supervision between five years to life.

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