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WORCESTER MOTHER GETS JAIL FOR ROLE IN METH SEIZURE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Worcester woman was sentenced in federal court for her role in conspiring to distribute two pounds of nearly pure methamphetamine.

IVONNE LUGO, 23, of Worcester, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV, to one year and one day of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty on November 5, 2010 to Conspiracy to Distribute methamphetamine. LUGO was ordered to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in four weeks to begin serving her sentence.

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 May 2009, federal agents learned that a shipment of methamphetamine was delivered to Worcester. Agents were able to track the methamphetamine to a Worcester resident named Johnny McCoy, who was LUGO’s former boyfriend. A government informant arranged with McCoy to buy 2 pounds of methamphetamine for $25,000. When McCoy told the informant that the methamphetamine was at his girlfriend’s house, officers began surveillance of LUGO’s residence. Officers witnessed LUGO enter the house and exit moments later carrying a “price-rite” shopping bag. LUGO put the bag in the trunk of her car and was followed to the vicinity of McCoy’s house. McCoy later met the informant, producing the ‘price rite” bag, which contained two pounds of methamphetamine. LUGO, McCoy and others were later arrested.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division and Chief Gary Gemme of the Worcester Police Department made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the DEA’s Worcester HIDTA Task Force and the Worcester Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Hennessy and Karin M. Bell of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.

 

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