Plano man sentenced to 40 years in prison following seventh drug-related felony

Dominic Rivera was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week following a history of drug-related felony convictions. Photo provided by the Collin County District Attorney's Office.
Rivera was found with 22.6 grams of methamphetamine, enough for 100 individual doses, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Collin College District Attorney Greg Willis announced earlier today that Plano resident Dominic Miguel Rivera has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for first degree felony possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, his seventh conviction of this nature.

“This seven-time felon’s parole in Dallas County ended only eight months before he made the career-ending decision of dealing again in Collin County, where he had enough methamphetamine for 100 people to each take separate doses. Collin County will not tolerate career drug dealers,” said Willis after sentencing.

On Feb. 23, 2012, Rivera was convicted of four Collin County drug charges, where he received two years in state jail for two offenses relating to possession and intent to deliver cocaine. He was also given eight years for second and third degree felony possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

On Oct. 15, 2019, Rivera was sentenced to probation in Dallas County for second degree felony possession of methamphetamine. Less than a month later, Rivera was arrested again for possession, violating his probation. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

On Nov. 15, 2022, Richardson police officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered that Rivera was in possession of a loaded handgun, an additional loaded magazine, a Velcro pouch containing an electronic scale and multiple empty baggies, a pill bottle containing marijuana and 22.61 grams of methamphetamine.

According to a testimony of McKinney PD Narcotics Detective Joe Arp, the typical personal amount of methamphetamine is 0.2 grams, indicating that Rivera had over 100 doses of methamphetamine on him.

Rivera was charged with unlicensed possession of a firearm by a felon, third degree felony possession of a group 1 substance, failure to identify/fugitive intent to give false information, parole violation and
first degree felony manufacture/distribute.

A jury found Rivera guilty, and his lengthy criminal history led to him being sentenced to 40 years in prison, according to a release from the district attorney’s office.

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