Columbia County heroin supplier sentenced to prison

Bronx Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Heroin Trafficking in Columbia County

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Saul E. Pacheco, age 37, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release,for conspiring with another person to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin in Columbia County.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.

In pleading guilty, Pacheco admitted to supplying heroin to Timothy J. Simpson Jr., a Columbia County drug dealer, from at least April 2017 through March 2018. Pacheco was arrested on April 4, 2018, while attempting to meet Simpson in the parking lot of a casino in Yonkers, Westchester County. In the parking lot, DEA Special Agents located a plastic bag containing approximately 68 grams of heroin, which Pacheco had discarded once he noticed agents approaching him. 

Simpson has pled guilty to drug conspiracy and possession charges, and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 16, 2019. 

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Pacheco has also pled guilty to an unrelated charge of conspiring to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl, in a case investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Pacheco will be sentenced to at least 5 years in prison in that case as well. 

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