By Glen McGowan –
After a three day trial at the U.S. District Court in Worcester, Julio Rivera, 47, of Worcester was found guilty by a federal jury of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
In October 2018, a federal investigation into co-conspirator Melvin Burgos intercepted numerous communications between Burgos and co-conspirator William Torres arranging to obtain one kilogram of cocaine from Rivera.
On November 1, 2018, Rivera led Burgos to his storage unit in Worcester where he distributed 900 grams of cocaine to Burgos.
Agents subsequently stopped both Rivera and Burgos and a search of Rivera’s vehicle recovered the phone he used to communicate with Torres and Burgos, which he had attempted to destroy. A search of Burgos’ vehicle resulted in the seizure of the 900 grams of cocaine.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled Rivera to be sentenced on December 16, 2021
Torres and Burgos each have already pleaded guilty to their role in the conspiracy. On February 26, 2021, Torres was sentenced to five years in prison and four years of supervised release. Burgos is scheduled to be sentenced on September 30, 2021.