Boxing club owner gets 5-15 years in heroin case
Raymond Rivera pleaded guilty last month, admitting he sold drugs that he knew would be resold in Newburgh.
GOSHEN >> The owner of the Newburgh Boxing Club was sentenced Tuesday to five to 15 years in state prison for heroin distribution, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Raymond Rivera, 49, pleaded guilty last month to felony conspiracy, admitting he sold heroin knowing it would be resold in the city of Newburgh. He was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown.
District Attorney David Hoovler, in announcing the sentencing, said Rivera was a main supplier of heroin to a drug-trafficking organization that operated in and controlled the area of First Street in Newburgh.
Rivera, whose club is at 290 Broadway in Newburgh, was one of several people arrested in June as part of the 10-month investigation dubbed “Operation Punch-Out,” which included the use of wiretaps and other electronic surveillance.
“The state prison sentence that Raymond Rivera received was appropriate given his level of involvement in this drug-trafficking conspiracy,” Hoovler said in a prepared statement Tuesday.
“It is always disappointing when it is discovered that a respected community figure, who could have served as a role model, succumbed to the allure of quick narcotics profits,” the prosecutor added. “Rivera’s participation in this enterprise was a betrayal of all that he professed he stood for. While he was accepting accolades for helping Newburgh’s youth, he was peddling the very substance that is destroying their lives.”