Holyoke man sentenced to probation on federal drug charge


Staff Writer
Published: 9/16/2020 5:06:18 PM

SPRINGFIELD — A Holyoke man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to three years of probation for distributing heroin, according to prosecutors.

Herman Gomez, 20, had pleaded guilty to a charge of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute heroin in U.S. District Court in Springfield in May, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Judge Mark G. Mastroianni sentenced Gomez to probation Tuesday.

Gomez sold a bundle of suspected heroin for $40 to an undercover Massachusetts State Police trooper in the Chestnut Street Park on Sept. 27 last year, according to an affidavit written by an FBI special agent filed in court.

Gomez’s attorney, David Rountree, of Greenfield, said in an interview that it was “odd” that such a small amount of drugs was prosecuted in federal court, but conceded that the government “can spend their resources where they choose.” A sentencing memo filed by Rountree in court says Gomez actually sold fentanyl. Rountree described Gomez as “a polite and pleasant person.”

“He’s a young man, he acknowledged what he did and has started to turn himself around,” Rountree said.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.

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