PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS
QUEEN CITY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO GUN AND DRUG CHARGES
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Angel Andino, of Manchester pleaded guilty in federal district court to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and cocaine and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In addition, Andino agreed to forfeit hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, jewelry, electronics and vehicles derived from or used in furtherance of his criminal activity, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
Andino admitted that while on supervised release, after serving a term of incarceration on a prior drug conviction, he had been a major participant in a drug distribution ring dating back to 2007. Andino also admitted that from January 2009 through December 2009 he was personally responsible for distributing an average of 25,000 eighty mg oxycodone pills, one to two kilograms of cocaine per month and possessing a .40 caliber handgun.
The drug charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of at least twenty years and the firearm charges carries a maximum sentence of ten years. Andino is detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for May 10, 2011.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, the Manchester Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program to reduce gun violence in New Hampshire by aggressive investigation and prosecution of firearm offenders, education of the public, and training of law enforcement officers about federal firearm laws. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse.