News Release
For Immediate Release:
October 30, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Chelsea Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin, Oxycodone Offenses

OCT 30 -- BOSTON, MA - A Chelsea man was convicted today in federal court of two drug trafficking offenses, including a heroin conspiracy and distribution of Oxycodone.

Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division Acting United States Attorney Michael K. Loucks, and Kevin F. Coppinger, Acting Chief of the Lynn Police Department, announced today that MOISES ABAD, age 35, of Chelsea, MA, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin and distribution of Oxycodone.

At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proved that ABAD was leader of a drug trafficking ring that intended to distribute nearly 300 grams of heroin seized by Federal agents from ABAD’s coconspirator’s residence on March 4, 2009. The heroin was packaged in 28 “pellets,” including 10 wrapped in blue plastic, 10 wrapped in gray duct tape, and 8 wrapped in clear transparent plastic wrap. The day law enforcement agents confiscated the heroin, ABAD was intercepted on a court-authorized wiretap discussing “blue ones,” “gray ones,” and “transparent ones” in coded language. In addition, the evidence would have proved that ABAD sold heroin on at least four occasions to a confidential government informant and personally delivered the heroin on three of those occasions. Finally, the evidence would have proved that ABAD sold 280 80-milligram OxyContin pills on February 21, 2009. ABAD was intercepted over the wiretap negotiating the sale, and surveillance agents observed him meet with the buyer later that day in the parking lot of a restaurant in East Boston.

Judge Gorton scheduled sentencing for February 3, 2010. ABAD faces up to 40 years imprisonment, to be followed by at least 4 years of supervised release and a fine of up to $2 million.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lynn Police Department.