U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
July 13, 2011
MASSACHUSETTS MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN HEROIN TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
PROVIDENCE , R.I. – Moments before jury empanelment was scheduled to begin Wednesday in the federal court trial of a Jamaica Plain, Mass., man charged with participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy, the defendant pleaded guilty as charged. Emanuel Hilario, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin. Hilario faces between 5–40 years in federal prison, to be followed by a minimum of 4 years of supervised release.
The guilty plea, which was accepted by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
According to information presented to the Court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Hebert, in 2009 agents from the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force developed information through the use of electronic surveillance and other investigative measures of Hilario’s participation in the conspiracy which included the distribution of large quantities of heroin.
On August 14, 2009, agents monitored two telephone calls between Emanuel Hilario and a co-conspirator in which they discussed the sale of about 350 grams of heroin. Agents were also watching the same day as the two met. The government also obtained telephone records revealing a total of 193 calls between the defendant and two others alleged to be participants in the conspiracy from June 24 to August 17, 2009.
Had the matter gone to trial, the government would also have introduced evidence of other narcotics related telephone calls, additional surveillance testimony, evidence of two seizures of heroin that were made during the investigation, and evidence of numerous photographs and/or video of the defendant with a co-conspirator during the relevant time period.
Hilario has been detained since his arrest in September 2009.