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January 14, 2010

Boston, MA... A Brockton man was sentenced late yesterday in federal court to 108 months incarceration on drug charges of Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute over 5 grams of cocaine base and Possession with Intent to Distribute over 5 grams of cocaine base.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; Timothy J. Cruz, Plymouth County District Attorney; Colonel Marian J. McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Chief William Conlon of the Brockton Police Department; and Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald, announced that EDSON MIRANDA, age 30, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns on a two-count Indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute over 5 grams of cocaine base and Possession with Intent to Distribute over 5 grams of cocaine base. Judge Stearns sentenced MIRANDA to108 months incarceration, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release, with specific conditions that he remain out of the Green Street area of the City of Brockton and also have no contact with known gang members and associates of the Green Street and Bloods street gang.

The prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that on or about December 18, 2008, a search warrant was executed at 89 Highland Street, Brockton, MA, basement, first floor and third floor apartments. MIRANDA was located in the basement apartment, where crack cocaine, a scanner, scales, sophisticated surveillance equipment, drug paraphernalia, personal items and cash were recovered.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force that includes members of the Massachusetts State Police and Brockton Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan of Ortiz’s Strike Force Unit.


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