Burlington, Vt. – A 35-year-old Springfield man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Randy Ray Rivera, 35, was sentenced to 144 months in prison, having pled guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base. He was also sentenced to 5 years of supervised release.
Court records show that Rivera, who goes by the alias "Melvin," sold large quantities of crack cocaine to Vermonters from about late 2009 through his arrest in early 2013. Authorities say he sold the crack in Springfield to three different individuals from the Burlington area, who then transported it to Vermont and redistributed it here to dozens of customers.
The amounts they transported ranged from about 3-25 ounces per trip. Law enforcement arrested Rivera in Springfield on January 2013, on his way to sell 20 ounces of crack cocaine for $22,500 to a customer who had begun working as a confidential informant.
Court records also show that Rivera carried a loaded semiautomatic handgun during the conspiracy period.
The investigation was a collaborative effort of the Vermont State Police, the Drug
Enforcement Administration in Vermont and Massachusetts, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.