Box­ing club owner gets 5-15 years in heroin case

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

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.”


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