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CHARLESTOWN MAN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO DISTRIBUTE OXYCODONE

TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Charlestown man was charged today in U.S. District Court in Boston with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Boston Field Division, announced today that MATTHEW MCDONALD, 26, of Charlestown, Massachusetts, was charged in a one-count indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The Indictment alleges MCDONALD participated in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone from in or about April 2008 through in or about October 2009.

If convicted on this charge, MCDONALD faces up to 20 years imprisonment, to be followed by at least three years supervised release and a $1 million fine.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad, which is comprised of investigators from the DEA and the Worcester, Westborough, North Andover, North Reading, and Burlington Police Departments. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Linda M. Ricci and George W. Vien of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

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.

 

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