News Release
For Immediate Release:
October 17, 2008
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

New Bedford Man Sentenced To Fifteen Years For Drug Distribution

OCT 17 -- (BOSTON, MA) - A New Bedford man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for conspiracy and drug distribution charges.

Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - New England Field Division; United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Colonel Mark F. Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Ronald Teachman, Chief of the New Bedford Police Department; and Mark Pacheco, Chief of the Dartmouth Police Department, announced today that JOHN FERREIRA, JR., age 28, of 181 Earl Street, New Bedford, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to fifteen years imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. On June 25, 2008, FERREIRA pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute at least Five Kilograms of Cocaine and at least One Hundred Grams of Heroin, and Possession with the Intent to Distribute at least Five Kilograms of Cocaine.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that FERREIRA was a leader in a New Bedford-based cocaine and heroin distribution organization. FERREIRA was responsible for the distribution or attempted distribution of at least sixteen kilograms of cocaine and more than 284 grams of heroin. Fifteen defendants were charged in federal court in connection with their involvement with the drug distribution organization led by FERREIRA. Fourteen of the defendants pleaded guilty. Mark Jadlowe, of 30 Arch Street, Dartmouth, was convicted after trial of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute. Jadlowe has not yet been sentenced, but faces a ten year mandatory sentence.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Bedford Resident Office, the Massachusetts State Police, the New Bedford Police and the Dartmouth Police.