News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2007

Fugitive From Federal Charges to Appear in Court

APR 16 -- BOSTON, MA - A New Bedford man who has been a federal fugitive since November 9, 2005, when a Grand Jury returned an Indictment charging him and ten others with drug crimes, is scheduled to appear this afternoon in federal court after being apprehended last month in Georgia.

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in New England and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, announced that BRANDIN A. GONSALVES, 27, formerly of 468 Bivet Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts, will appear for the first time on the federal charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander today at 2:45 p.m.

On March 21, 2007, GONSALVES was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in the Atlanta, Georgia area. GONSALVES was observed entering a residence in Lithonia, Georgia, a short time later he was arrested in the residence without incident.

GONSALVES is charged in the Indictment with Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with Intent to Distribute at least 5 kilograms of cocaine and at least 50 grams of crack cocaine. It is alleged that from August through November 2005, GONSALVES and his co-defendants conspired to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in New Bedford, Wareham, Bourne, Hyannis and Dartmouth. Additionally, GONSALVES is charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with Intent to Distribute at least 100 grams of heroin from October to November 2005 in New Bedford.

If convicted, GONSALVES faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison up to a maximum of life in prison on the Conspiracy to Distribute at least 5 kilograms of Cocaine charge; a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years in prison up of 40 years in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute at least 100 grams of Heroin charge.

The original drug case was investigated by the DEA, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, Officers in the New Bedford Police Department’s Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau, and Deputies in the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. The fugitive case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service in Massachusetts and Georgia. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Connolly in Sullivan’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.