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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Boston Man Charged With Fentanyl Trafficking

BOSTON – A Boston man was indicted yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with trafficking fentanyl.  

Anthony Smallwood, 28, was indicted on two counts of distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute, fentanyl, and three counts of distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute, more than 40 grams of fentanyl. On May 22, 2019, Smallwood was arrested and charged by criminal complaint. He has been in custody since.

According to court records, between March and May 2019, Smallwood engaged in five separate drug sales of fentanyl to a confidential informant.

The charges of distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute, fentanyl each provide for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $1 million; the charges involving more than 40 grams of fentanyl carry 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, made the announcement. This case was investigated by the FBI’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Strike Force with valuable assistance from the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. 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 June 13, 2019