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BOSTON, Mass. - PLACIDO PEREIRA, a leader of the Green Street gang in Brockton, was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison on drug distribution charges.

At the plea hearing, the prosecutor explained that the defendant was charged as part of a coordinated effort by state, local and federal law enforcement to address narcotics sales within the Green Street area of Brockton, by individuals known as members and associates of the Green Street gang and their associates, the Bloods street gang.

The government detailed the evidence against Pereira that included an undercover officer that bought cocaine from co-conspirators of Pereira on multiple occasions from June through October of 2008. Pereira was in Cape Verde at the time of the sweep that netted many of his fellow gang members in December of 2008. He was apprehended at Logan Airport by federal agents as he re-entered the United States on February 11, 2010. Each of the 12 defendants arrested during the investigation were found guilty of the charges they faced.
At today’s sentencing hearing, the government argued that a significant sentence was appropriate given Pereira’s lengthy criminal record. Specifically, Pereira has a criminal history dating back to age 15 and includes convictions for assault with a dangerous weapon (gun), possession of a firearm, and two convictions for possession of a marijuana. He has been incarcerated on three occasions and was also on pretrial release on the date of the charged offense.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Division; Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian J. McGovern; Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz and Brockton Police Chief William K. Conlon announced today that U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young sentenced Pereira to a 37 month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a three years of supervised release. Additionally, following his release from prison, Pereira is prohibited from being in the Green Street area of Brockton, where his former gang was located, and from contacting or being in the company of 21 co-defendants or other individuals who the government asserts are members/associates of the Green Street/Bloods gang.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Massachusetts State Police and the Brockton Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn MacKinlay of Ortiz’s Strike Force Unit.


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