- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A 35-year-old Massachusetts man is going to federal prison for 12 years after pleading guilty to charges he distributed crack cocaine that was sold in Vermont between late 2009 and early 2013.

Randy Ray Rivera, of Springfield, Mass., was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Burlington.

Court records show that Rivera, who uses the alias “Melvin,” sold large quantities of crack cocaine to Vermonters who distributed the drug in the Burlington area. Rivera was arrested early last year.

Prosecutors say Rivera’s drug runners made regular trips to Springfield to purchase crack, sometimes picking up narcotics from him several times a week.

Rivera’s attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

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