BOSTON - A Holyoke man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Springfield for distributing heroin.
Angel Baez, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to four years in prison and three years of supervised release. In November 2017, Baez pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Baez was arrested and charged following a five-month federal law enforcement investigation into drug trafficking in Springfield and Holyoke. Baez possessed and distributed heroin in Holyoke on April 20 and April 26, 2016.
According to court documents, Baez has three prior state court felony drug convictions, all including heroin: a 2014 conviction for possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine; a June 2011 conviction for distributing heroin; and a July 2011 conviction for possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri; and Holyoke Police Chief James M. Neiswanger made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd E. Newhouse of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.