For Immediate Release
Rochester Drug Conspiracy Leader Going to Prison for More Than 17 Years
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Jancarlos Gonzalez-Rivera a/k/a Los, 37, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribute, 400 grams of more of fentanyl, for his role as the leader of a large and long-standing illegal narcotics ring operating in the Rochester area, was sentenced to serve 210 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Gonzalez-Rivera was also ordered to forfeit three firearms, $225,000 in cash, and jewelry seized from his house valued at approximately $118,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Everardo A. Rodriguez, who handled the case, stated that between May 2018, and April 30, 2020, Gonzalez-Rivera conspired with others to sell fentanyl. Gonzalez-Rivera’s role in the conspiracy included communicating with his suppliers to arrange for fentanyl deliveries, arranging for drugs and drug proceeds to be stored at locations in the Rochester area, including 79 Branch Street, bagging and processing fentanyl for distribution to customers and co-conspirators, distributing fentanyl to others, and receiving and storing cash proceeds from the distribution of fentanyl. On April 30, 2020, numerous search warrants were executed in connection with the investigation, including at one of Gonzalez-Rivera’s stash houses where investigators seized approximately 982 grams of fentanyl and 67 grams of heroin, three handguns, drug paraphernalia, and approximately $225,000 in cash. At Gonzalez-Rivera’s residence, investigators found approximately $9,800 and numerous pieces of jewelry, including two Rolex watches valued at $55,000 and $35,000.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Rochester Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division, the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian Ratajczak, the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Wood, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, the U.S. Marshal Service, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina; the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter; the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff David Cirencione, and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci. Additional assistance was provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Buffalo and Syracuse Resident Offices.
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