By Sam Ramirez –

On Friday at the U.S. District Court in Boston, U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV sentenced Ricardo Lopera-Arteaga, 59, a Colombian national to five years in prison and four years of supervised release.

In August 2020, Lopera-Arteaga pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien.

Lopera-Arteaga and co-defendant Diego Sanchez conspired together to sell one kilogram of cocaine to a cooperating witness in East Boston in October 2019.

Sanchez also engaged in two sales of cocaine to the same cooperating witness on Sept. 10 and 27, 2019 in East Boston.

On Oct. 9, 2019, law enforcement agents observed both Sanchez and Lopera-Arteaga meet at a location arranged for a drug transaction. A short time later Agents arrested both men and seized one kilogram of cocaine from Lopera-Arteaga.