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SPRINGFIELD - Following a six day trial, a Springfield man was convicted today in federal court of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.

MICHAEL HILL, 35, faces up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release and a $1 million fine per count. He will be sentenced by United States District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock on January 19, 2012.

From November 2009 to January 2010 HILL engaged in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, and sold crack cocaine on two occasions in December 2009 to a cooperating witness. Recorded conversations involving HILL, showed HILL talking about cooking powder cocaine into crack cocaine and selling crack cocaine. In one conversation HILL discussed cooking batches of crack cocaine that weighed between 50 and 70 grams. In another conversation, HILL indicated that he had a kilogram of powder cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Michael Mastroianni, Hampden County District Attorney; Colonel Marian McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Commissioner William Fitchet of the Springfield Police Department; and Michael J. Ashe, Jr., Hampden County Sheriff made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the FBI’s Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force, consisting of law enforcement personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Massachusetts State Police, the Springfield Police Department, and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Unit.



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