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March 22, 2010

Boston, MA...A Boston man was sentenced today in federal court to life in prison on drug trafficking charges.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division and Chief Steven B. Carl of the Framingham Police Department, announced today that CHARLES DOUTRE, 30, of Mattapan, was sentenced today in federal court to life imprisonment on federal drug trafficking charges.

CHARLES DOUTE and a co-defendant, KEVIN CARVAHLO, 25, of Boston, MA, were previously convicted after a jury trial of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base, also known as “crack cocaine” and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Evidence presented at the five-day trial showed that, during early 2008, DOUTRE and CARVAHLO used an apartment in Framingham as a central distribution location for their crack cocaine trafficking business. On February 1, 2008, DOUTRE and CARVAHLO were arrested by Framingham Police Department narcotics detectives who seized 57 grams of crack cocaine and a large amount of cash from DOUTRE and CARVAHLO and from their car.

DOUTRE was sentenced today to a mandatory term of imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Patti B. Saris. The sentence was based on a combination of the drug weight, over 50 grams of cocaine base, and DOUTRE’s prior criminal record, which included two prior felony drug convictions, as well as three prior felony convictions for crimes of violence. CARVAHLO was previously sentenced by Judge Saris to 10 years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Framingham Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter K. Levitt in Ortiz’s Strike Force Unit.


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