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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Boston Man Charged With Fentanyl Trafficking

BOSTON – A Boston man was charged today in federal court in Boston in connection with trafficking fentanyl.

Anthony Smallwood, 28, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with one count of distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute, more than 40 grams of fentanyl. Smallwood appeared in federal court in Boston today and was remanded to custody pending a detention and probable cause hearing.

According to court documents, between March and May 2019, Smallwood engaged in five separate drug sales of suspected fentanyl and crack cocaine to a witness cooperating with the government. 

The charge of distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $5 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 and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by members of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Strike Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen W. Hassink of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated May 22, 2019