Springfield man pleads guilty to selling heroin

Jose Vargas sold heroin to an undercover federal agent

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 29-year-old man from Springfield pleaded guilt on Tuesday in U.S. District Court after admitting he sold heroin to an undercover agent.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz informed 22News that Jose Vargas of Springfield pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Heroin, and Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Heroin.

On October 6, 2013, Vargas sold heroin to an undercover federal agent in Springfield, which he admitted to at his change of plea hearing. Ortiz said Vargas also admitted that he handed the heroin to the agent before his partner took $400 for the drugs.

Vargas faces 20 years in prison, 3-5 years supervised release and a fine of $1 million, Ortiz said. U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for July 2, 2015.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deepika Bains Shukla of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

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