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Former Easthampton Man Facing up to 40 Years for Distributing Cocaine

gavelSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) —  A former Easthampton man who was convicted today of distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine faces up to 40 years in prison.

26-year-old, Julio Vidal Hermida pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Springfield to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, Hermida along with others participated in a criminal conspiracy that transported kilograms of cocaine from Texas to Western Mass.  between July 31, 2013 and May 2, 2011.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on July 2 and faces the statutory maximum penalty of up to 40 years in prison, followed by 4 years of supervised released and a $250,000 fine.

Ortiz, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI made the announcement today.



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