BOSTON - A Worcester woman was convicted yesterday afternoon in federal court of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
Elia Roman, 25, was convicted after a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV. Judge Saylor scheduled sentencing for Feb. 6, 2012. Roman faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison, to be followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a four million dollar fine.
Evidence presented during the trial established that between January of 2005 and June 2008, the defendant participated with her boyfriend, Efrain Matias, and others, in a scheme to purchase multi-hundred pound shipments of marijuana in California and transport the drug across country to Massachusetts for redistribution. The drug trafficking organization was responsible for moving massive quantities of marijuana in the Worcester area. During the course of the investigation, agents tapped cellular telephones and seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds. Significant drug and currency seizures were made in Massachusetts, New York, New Mexico, and California. After the verdict, Roman was taken into custody.
Roman’s co-defendant, Efrain Matias, was convicted earlier this year by a federal jury of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. He faces a minimum of 20 years and up to life in prison. Matias will also stand trial in federal court for conspiring to possess over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England, made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Worcester High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William F. Bloomer.