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MARCH 3, 2010

Boston, MA... A New Bedford man pled guilty today in federal court on a drug charge of distribution of cocaine base/aiding and abetting.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; C. Samuel Sutter, Bristol County District Attorney; Colonel Marian McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Chief Ronald Teachman of the New Bedford Police Department; and Thomas M. Hodgson, Bristol County Sheriff, announced today that AARON VAUGHAN, age 34, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, pled guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro, to a one-count Indictment charging him with distribution of cocaine base and abetting.

At today's plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that on or about March 26, 2008, VAUGHAN sold cocaine to an undercover cooperating witness in exchange for $200.00, whom VAUGHAN had also sold cocaine to several days earlier. The drug transaction occurred in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Judge Tauro scheduled sentencing for June 15, 2010. VAUGHAN faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan in Sullivan’s Strike Force Unit.


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