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BOSTON, Mass. - A Worcester man was sentenced today in federal court for possessing crack cocaine for distribution and possessing a gun and ammunition.

DERRICK WATTERS, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV to 12 1/2 imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release. On June 21, 2010, Watters pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that in January 2006, law enforcement authorities received information that Watters was trafficking in illegal drugs in Worcester. Surveillance was established near Watter’s Mill Street apartment and on February 1, 2006, officers witnessed Watters drive from his apartment in a Cadillac Escalade to the vicinity of Institute Road in Worcester and conduct a sale of what turned out to be crack cocaine. Watters was arrested and brought him back to his apartment to execute a search warrant, during which a number of small packages of crack cocaine, a Tec-9 pistol loaded with 32 rounds of ammunition, an additional 9-millimeter magazine, cash, and drug paraphernalia were all found. Watters admitted to agents that the firearm, ammunition and drugs belonged to him.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Eugenio Marquez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Division and Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian McGovern announced the sentence today. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hennessy of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.


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