Plano's Prolific Perp Pinched, Dominic Rivera Bags 40 Years for Meth Mayhem

Plano's Prolific Perp Pinched, Dominic Rivera Bags 40 Years for Meth MayhemSource: Collin County District Attorney's Office
Nate Simmons
Published on November 29, 2023

In the sprawling web of Texas justice, a seven-time felon spun his final thread as Collin County slapped Dominic Miguel Rivera with a staggering 40-year sentence behind bars for his latest misstep in a career marred by illicit dealings. The 40-year-old from Plano couldn't dodge his past nor his present when caught with meth enough for a small crowd. "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", stated Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis, as per Collin County District Attorney's Office.

It all came crashing down for Rivera on November 15, 2022, when two Richardson Police officers decided to pull over the vehicle he was riding shotgun in. Rivera, who might have nearly felt the cuffs around his wrists just by looking down at the backpack between his legs, was found to be in possession of more than just personal baggage. A thorough search by Officer Maurice Johnson uncovered a loaded handgun snugly embraced by Rivera's jacket—no doubt, the very spot witnesses saw him clutching at the onset. The plot thickened as the officers unearthed a miscellany that was less about random keepsakes and more about the inventory of a one-man mobile dispensary.

Truth has a weight, and in this case, it was measured in grams. Specifically, 22.61 grams of methamphetamine—a far cry from what some might call a dose for personal reflection. The arresting officers, alongside McKinney Police Department Narcotics Detective Joe Arp, pegged the stash as decidedly not for personal use, grounding their testimony in the experience of the streets. Rivera's poor play on the field of narcotics distribution had led him straight into a defensive wall erected by prosecutors Jamin Daly and Wendy Correa, who left no stone unturned in painting the portrait of a career felon facing the music, according to Collin County District Attorney's Office.

With a track record that included dance cards punched in Collin and Dallas counties for assorted drug offenses, Rivera had no get-out-of-jail card left to play. His fists had already been swinging at phantoms since 2012, and by the time his probation was upended in 2019, he was swinging even wilder, only to strike empty air. As testified during the trial, Rivera had turned to reinvent himself not as a reformed man but as one ever more entrenched in his ways, and sentencing Judge Benjamin Smith, interpreting the chorus of Rivera's misguided past, echoed the final note with a sentence to make certain he wouldn't conduct any similar overtures for a sizable interlude.