ALBANY - A Bronx man admitted this past week to conspiring to traffic a kilogram or more of heroin in Schenectady, federal prosecutors said.
Jean Carlos Rivera-Perez, 37, admitted to being a member of a drug-trafficking organization that distributed the drug in Schenectady between 2017 and December 2018, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a release.
Rivera-Perez served as the organization's supplier and, through a courier, regularly delivered hundreds of grams of heroin from the Bronx to Schenectady, prosecutors said. He received thousands of dollars in return.
The heroin was then sold in personal-use amounts in and around Schenectady by other members of the organization, prosecutors said.
Rivera-Perez was among nine people indicted earlier this year in connection with the ring. River-Perez is the sixth defendant to plead guilty in connection with the case, prosecutors said.
Rivera-Perez faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison at his February sentencing.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the state police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Amsterdam Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyrus P.W. Rieck is prosecuting.