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February 3, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A Boston man was sentenced late yesterday in U.S. District Court to
14 1/2 years in prison, to be followed by 16 years of supervised release for drug trafficking offenses. During the first three years of supervised release, he will be barred from associating with 40 of his alleged gang associates.

United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives - Boston Field Division, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, announced that ALEXANDER CURET, A/K/A “AJ,” age 22, of Boston, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton to 14 1/2 years imprisonment, to be followed by 16 years of supervised release.

CURET had previously pled guilty to conspiring with co-defendant PATRICK GOMES, A/K/A “Pistol.” to distribute crack cocaine and of distributing crack cocaine on two occasions in Roxbury. 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 CURET set up two drug deals with a cooperating witness which he then consummated with the assistance of his co-defendant. Both drug deals were also shown to have taken place within 1000 feet of the Ralph Waldo Emerson School located at 6 Shirley Street.

At the sentencing hearing attention focused on the Government’s contention that CURET was a member of the Woodward Avenue Gang, also known as Purple City, alleged to be an active gang in Roxbury. The Government also alleged that CURET has concealed his ownership of a BMW, a Mercedes and other assets.

PATRICK GOMES was convicted by a jury on October 30, 2008 in U.S. District Court in Boston, of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. GOMES was sentenced in April 2009 to 78 months in prison, to be followed by 8 years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the Boston Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney s in Ortiz’s Organized Crime Strike Force and Gang Unit.


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