Holyoke man pleads guilty to drug distribution conspiracy


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Published: 3/2/2021 7:02:52 PM

SPRINGFIELD — A Holyoke businessman pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to participating in a conspiracy to transport heroin and cocaine from Texas to Massachusetts, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for Massachusetts.

Javier Gonzalez, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and five kilograms of cocaine. Gonzalez faces a sentence of at least 10 years to life in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for June 25.

Gonazalez admitted to conspiring with others to obtain large quantities of heroin and cocaine from Texas and transport the drugs to Holyoke for distribution throughout Massachusetts between 2011 and March 2014, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. As part of a long-term investigation, on March 25, 2014, law enforcement officers seized approximately $1.17 million in cash in a hidden compartment inside a tractor-trailer being driven by Gonzalez to Texas as payment for kilograms of heroin and cocaine, according to court documents. Gonzalez is the owner of JGL Truck Sales at Jackson and South Bridge streets in Holyoke.

Federal agents also seized 14 kilograms of heroin and 42 kilograms of cocaine in Texas that prosecutors allege was destined to be distributed by Gonzalez in western Massachusetts.

Federal agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. attorney’s office for Massachusetts, and Holyoke and Easthampton police were involved in prosecuting the case.

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