GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO EIGHTEEN YEARS
BOSTON, MA - A New Bedford man was sentenced yesterday in federal court to more than 18 years in prison for being an armed career criminal.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bristol County District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter; Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Mariann J. McGovern, Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police; Ronald J. Teachman, Chief, New Bedford Police Department; Mark Conrad, Chairman of the Massachusetts Parole Board; and Glenn N. Anderson, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division, announce that RAFAEL TORRES-ROSARIO of New Bedford, was sentenced yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 226 months, or more than 18 years, in prison after a jury convicted him of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
At trial, the jury heard evidence that on March 6, 2008, the FBI’s Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force, comprised of agents from the FBI and officers from the New Bedford Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Massachusetts Parole Board, executed a search warrant at 8 George Street, Apartment 1, in New Bedford. Pursuant to the search warrant, officers found a .22 caliber firearm, heroin, cocaine, $670, and drug packaging materials in TORRES-ROSARIO’s bedroom. According to an affidavit previously filed in the case, the defendant is alleged to be a member of the Latin Kings who associated with members of Montes Park, a violent New Bedford street gang that was the subject of a two-year long investigation by the FBI Southeastern Massachusetts Task Force.
The case was investigated by the FBI Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force, which is comprised of agents from the FBI, the State Police, the Massachusetts Parole Board, and the New Bedford Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Pohl of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Strike Force Unit.