New Bedford ‘Big Papi’ cocaine dealer loses bid to cut sentence

Big Papi — the crack cocaine dealer, not the retired Red Sox slugger — lost his appeal to have his prison sentenced reduced.

“The defendant qualified as a career offender,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit states in denying new sentencing for Carlos “Big Papi” Concepcion.

Concepcion pleaded guilty in 2008 to to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine in New Bedford. He was sentenced to 19 years in jail.

He appealed for a break after Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010 — designed to “correct the unequal treatment of crack cocaine offenses as compared to powdered cocaine offenses.” He struck out. His resentencing bid was denied.

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