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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Boston Man and Arizona-Based Supplier Plead Guilty to Distributing Methamphetamine

BOSTON – A Boston man and his Arizona-based supplier pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to federal drug offenses.

Peter Molloy, 39, and Adrian Carlos Maldonado, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Molloy also pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled Maldonado’s sentencing for Aug. 29, 2018, and Molloy’s sentencing for Aug. 30, 2018. 

Molloy began distributing methamphetamine in approximately January 2014, originally purchasing methamphetamine from a variety of sources and distributing the drugs to customers in the Boston area. At some point in roughly January 2015, Molloy began purchasing the drugs from Maldonado, who was based in Arizona. Maldonado arranged for the methamphetamine to be transported from Arizona to Massachusetts. 

On Aug. 14, 2017, a search of Molloy’s condominium in South Boston resulted in the seizure of more than 160 grams of methamphetamine, $75,762 in cash and a $1,000 money order. As part of his plea agreement, Molloy agreed to forfeit the seized cash and money order, his interest in the condominium, and a 2014 Hyunda Veloster that he used to facilitate drug dealing. Molloy also agreed to waive claims to other items that were seized, or turned over, to law enforcement during the investigation, including an additional $98,000, a $10,000 cashier’s check and another $1,000 money order. 

Both the charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine provide for a minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, a minimum of five years of supervised release, and a fine of $10 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; William Ferrara, Director of Field Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Delany De Leon-Colon, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Field Division; Commissioner Thomas Turco of the Massachusetts Department of Correction; Reading Police Chief Mark D. Segalla; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans made the announcement. Norfolk County Sherriff’s Office; Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office; and the Watertown, Quincy, Chelsea, Braintree, Peabody, Waltham, and Woburn Police Departments assisted with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Arnold of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

Drug Trafficking
Updated June 5, 2018