BOSTON — A Revere man was charged today with trafficking base cocaine (crack cocaine) and fentanyl, as well as using a firearm in the pursuit of the crime.
Cesar Rivera, 22, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams of base cocaine and fentanyl and one count of possession of a firearm in connection with a felony crime. drug traffic. Rivera has been in federal custody since July 2021.
According to charging documents, as of December 2020, Rivera was wanted on outstanding warrants in several state firearms cases for which he had not responded to court summons or appeared in court for more than 10 days. ‘a year. On December 22, 2020, law enforcement located Rivera at a car wash in Malden and he was later arrested. At the time of his arrest, it is alleged that Rivera was carrying more than 28 grams of crack cocaine, fentanyl and a firearm.
The charge of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base and fentanyl carries a sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years and up to lifetime probation and a fine of up to $5 million. The charge of possession of a firearm in the prosecution of a crime of drug trafficking carries a sentence of at least five years and up to life in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of 250,000 $. Sentences are handed down by a federal district judge based on the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
First Assistant United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; James Ferguson, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police; the Middlesex County and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Offices; and the Boston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip A. Mallard of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit is prosecuting the case.
This effort is part of an operation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OECDTF program is available at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.