New Bedford Man Gets Five Years for Cocaine Trafficking
BOSTON — A New Bedford man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for cocaine trafficking after trying to buy up to 10 kilograms of the drug, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Jason Valliere, 43, was sentenced to five years in prison and four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to cocaine distribution conspiracy charges on March 26.
In October 2020, Valliere and three co-conspirators were arrested after negotiating a multi-kilogram cocaine deal with undercover law enforcement agents.
Initially, Valliere tried to negotiate by offering cash and armed men (his co-conspirators) in return for 10 kilograms of cocaine.
Eventually, following renegotiations, the deal was made for at least one and up to three kilograms of cocaine.
During Valliere’s arrest, law enforcement recovered a loaded firearm that was hidden in a compartment in Valliere’s car.
It matched a description that Valliere had previously given to undercover agents of a gun he would bring to the anticipated drug deal.