Julio Vidal Hermida of Easthampton convicted of cocaine distribution
SPRINGFIELD — An Easthampton man was convicted Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield of distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine.
Julio Vidal Hermida, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine, according to information from the U.S. District Attorney’s office supplied to television station WWLP.
Hermida was part of a group which, between July 31, 2010, and May 2, 2011, conspired to transport kilograms of cocaine from Texas to western Massachusetts. His arrest came after a federal wiretap investigation.
At the time of his arrest, Hermida was living at 322 Main St., Apt. H, Easthampton. The probe centered around cocaine distribution from the apartments where he and an accomplice lived. The sting, led by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, involved more than 50 officers from the DEA, FBI, state police and local police departments.
Hermida will be sentenced July 2, with the maximum penalty of up to 40 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.