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24-Year-Old Worcester Man Sentenced on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

By Tom Marino | July 2, 2024
Last Updated: July 2, 2024

WORCESTER – A local man who previously pleaded guilty to firearms and drug charges received a sentence of over five years in federal prison on Friday, June 28.

A Worcester Federal Judge sentenced Jose Rivera, 24, of Worcester, to 75 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In April 2024, Rivera pleaded guilty to

  • Possession of a Machinegun;
  • Receipt of a Firearm by a Person Under Indictment for a Felony;
  • Possession with Intent To Distribute Cocaine; and
  • Possession of a Firearm In Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

Law enforcement searched Rivera’s residence on March 7, 2023. According to federal prosecutors, they discovered:

  • Three Glock switches, including one attached to a loaded Glock .40 caliber firearm;
  • Three large capacity magazines, including a 50-round drum magazine and boxes of ammunition;
  • Cocaine intended for distribution,a scale, tray, and $9,000 in cash.

Prosecutors say Rivera received the firearm after Oct. 9, 2021, when a grand jury indicted him for felonies punishable by imprisonment of over one year.

A Glock switch converts a semi-automatic Glock pistol into what federal law considers a machinegun under federal law.

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