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Woman charged with heroin sales in region

Woman charged with heroin sales in region

Charges came after task force investigation
Woman charged with heroin sales in region

ALBANY -- A federal indictment has been filed that accuses a woman of distributing heroin in Albany and Schenectady counties, records show.

Lourdes Rivera, age and residence unavailable, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on a total of seven heroin distribution-related counts.

She faces five counts of distribution -- four in Albany County and one from Schenectady County, according to the federal filing.

Rivera was first arrested in July on charges out of Albany County stemming from a Drug Enforcement Administration Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation.

Investigators in June sent an undercover source to meet with Rivera in a parking lot in Albany. The source purchased a $100 sample of heroin, according to the original federal complaint.

The source then requested $2,000 worth of heroin. Rivera met again with the undercover source three days after the initial sale, when Rivera sold $2,000 in heroin, according to the complaint.

Rivera allegedly then offered $3,000 worth of heroin that was being transported from New York City. Another individual later showed up and sold that quantity of the drug, according to the complaint. Records of charges against the second individual could not be found Monday.

The alleged Schenectady County sale took place in Rivera's car in a parking lot on June 29, when Rivera sold another $3,000 worth of the drug to the undercover source, according to court records.

At least one more sale happened in July, according to the federal complaint. Investigators then searched Rivera's residence and found packaged heroin. Rivera is also charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, as well as conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Rivera appeared in court in July on the original charges, and the judge in the case released her with conditions without her having to post bail. Her attorney, Paul Evangelista, could not be reached for comment Monday.

No arraignment on the new indictment had been scheduled.

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