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SECOND CAPE COD MAN INDICTED FOR ROLE IN SELLING HEROIN THAT RESULTED IN DEATH OF YOUNG WOMAN

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A second Cape Cod man was indicted today in federal court for conspiring to distribute heroin that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old Brewster woman.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Steven Derr, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division; Colonel Marian J. McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police and Chief Richard J. Koch of the Brewster Police Department, announced today that JOSHUA JOHNSON, 23, of Dennis and DAVID GEOFFRION, 27, of Brewster, were charged in a Superseding Indictment with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, the use of which resulted in death of the victim. GEOFFRION was indicted on the same charges in January.

According to the affidavits filed in Court, investigators have developed evidence that JOHNSON had an active heroin business in the Summer of 2009. It is alleged that on the evening of July 30, 2009, GEOFFRION used JOHNSON’s telephone to arrange a meeting with the victim and sell her heroin. JOHNSON and GEOFFRION allegedly traveled to Brewster, where they met with the victim and sold her heroin. It is further alleged that moments after the transaction was complete, GEOFFRION told the victim to be careful because the heroin was strong, and JOHNSON agreed. Later that day, the affidavits allege, the victim injected herself with the heroin she had acquired from JOHNSON and GEOFFRION, and died in her bedroom. The subsequent autopsy confirmed that heroin played a significant causal role in the victim’s death.

If convicted on these charges, JOHNSON and GEOFFRION each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, to be followed by at least three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Massachusetts State Police and the Brewster Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd F. Braunstein of the U.S. Attorney’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The details contained in the Superseding Indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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