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Bronx man sentenced on heroin charge

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Eriel Rivera, 42, of Bronx, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, was sentenced to serve 41 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that on July 8 and July 22, 2017, the defendant sold a quantity of cocaine to a confidential source working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Rivera was arrested on September 29, 2017, in a coffee shop in Niagara Falls, NY. At the time, the defendant was in possession of $1,885 in cash and a quantity of suspected heroin.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict.