News Release
For Immediate Release:
March 03, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Cocaine and Oxycodone Distributor Sentenced to 37 Months
in Prison

MAR 03 --BOSTON, MA - A Peabody man was sentenced recently in federal court for conspiring to distribute and distributing oxycodone and cocaine.

Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan announced that NICHOLASMARTELLO, age 28, of Peabody, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner to 37 months imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release. MARTELLO pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, distribution of oxycodone and distribution of cocaine on October 8, 2008.

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 MARTELLO and co-defendant David

Vannett, distributed oxycodone, a prescription pain reliever sold under the brand name OxyContin, and cocaine to an undercover agent. MARTELLO and co-defendant Vannett sold a total of 385 oxycodone tablets and 13.8 grams of cocaine to an undercover agent. The drug sales took place between November and February 2007 in Peabody, Massachusetts. At the sentencing hearing the prosecutor informed United States District Court Judge Nancy Gertner that in an interview with federal law enforcement officers after his guilty plea, MARTELLO admitted that, for a period of at least one year, he distributed 500 oxycodone tablets and one ounce of cocaine each week.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Diversion

Squad, the Massachusetts State Police’s Essex County Detectives Unit and the Peabody Police Department.