ALBANY, NEW YORK – Carlos Rivera, age 43, of Chatham, New York, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Field Division; and Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.
Rivera was also ordered to serve a period of 6 years of supervised release following his term of incarceration, and to forfeit to the government $7,000 in proceeds from his drug trafficking activity, as well as a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun.
Rivera admitted that in September 2018, he possessed approximately 479.5 grams of cocaine, including 79.5 grams of cocaine in his bathroom, and 400 grams of cocaine in his garage hidden in plastic containers that the he had magnetically attached to his car; a scale; and drug packaging material. In Rivera’s bedroom, officers found a Mossberg 535 12 gauge shotgun; 12 gauge ammunition on the floor near the shotgun; additional ammunition in his closet; and $5,000 in his dresser.
This case was investigated by the DEA and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Anderson.