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JUNE 22, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Chicago man was convicted late yesterday in federal court of conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Office, Colonel Marian McGovern, Superintendent in Charge of the Massachusetts State Police and Chief Kevin F. Coppinger of the Lynn Police Department, announced today that MODESTO CASTILLO, 46, of Chicago, was convicted by a jury sitting before Chief U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf of conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Evidence presented during the four-day trial proved that CASTILLO and his co-conspirators arranged to deliver 84 kilograms of cocaine to an auto sales shop in Lynn, on April 5, 2008. A tractor trailer containing the cocaine arrived at the shop during the afternoon and CASTILLO and his associates off-loaded the cocaine to a red pick up truck. After conducting surveillance of this activity, law enforcement officers followed the off-load, stopped the tractor trailer, the pick-up truck, and a car following the pick-up truck. They arrested CASTILLO and his associates, and seized the cocaine. A witness at trial testified the cocaine could be sold wholesale for $30,000 per kilogram, meaning the seizure was worth approximately $2.5 million. Another witness testified that CASTILLO arranged a similar delivery of multi-kilograms of cocaine to Massachusetts in 2007 using the same auto shop and a tractor trailer to deliver the cocaine. CASTILLO’s co-conspirators have all pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Judge Wolf scheduled sentencing for September 21. CASTILLO faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and as much as life, to be followed by five years of supervised release and a $4 million fine.

The case was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Lynn Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Gallagher of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.


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