A Montgomery County judge recently sentenced a 35-year-old Pennsburg man to 10 to 23 months in county jail for trafficking drugs in the Upper Perkiomen Valley.
According to court documents, Jesus “Jeff” Rivera, of the 1000 block of Valley Court, was arrested April 16, 2010 after Upper Perk police and the Montgomery County Drug Task Force went to execute a search warrant at his home.
While surveilling the location, arresting Ofc. James Lavin of Upper Perk police said authorities witnessed Rivera leaving his home and doing a hand-to-hand transaction with the driver of a dark-colored Ford truck which stopped in front of his residence.
Less than an hour later, police said Rivera left his home in his red Ford Taurus and a traffic stop was initiated. Rivera was found in possession of 10 heat-sealed bags of heroin, stamped “Power Max,” and $450 cash.
At the same time, police executed the search warrant at the home and located marijuana, 18 prescription pills, 31 small plastic containers, each with marijuana residue inside, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia. Police also located a stolen PA license plate, four non-working cell phones and money police used in the course of their investigation.
Inside a black Dodge Dakota at the home, police said they found an electronic stun gun in the visor above the driver’s seat.
Rivera was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities, driving on a suspended or revoked license, possessing prohibited offensive weapons and receiving stolen property.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill of Montgomery County Court sentenced him on the felony drug trafficking charge, after a plea agreement, and also sentenced him to three years probation after he’s paroled from jail.
Rivera later pleaded guilty to theft in connection with an incident at 7-Eleven in the 700 block of Main Street of Pennsburg in July 2010 where he allegedly stole a wallet left behind by another customer.
Rivera was also arrested in Green Lane in Feb. 2011 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and related offenses. Marlborough police reportedly responded to a vandalism in progress in the 3000 block of Main Street in Green Lane and, after an investigation, Rivera was arrested on the drug and related charges.
Rivera was a Green Lane resident at the time of that crime.