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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Boston Man Indicted for Selling Crack Cocaine to Bedford VA Medical Center Residents

BOSTON – A Boston man was indicted today in federal court in Boston for distributing crack cocaine.

Austin Wilkerson, 41, was indicted today on three counts of distributing cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, on the Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus in Bedford. 

According to court documents, in January 2017, a cooperating witness reported to law enforcement that Wilkerson was selling crack cocaine to Michael Sexton, a resident at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. On July 27, Aug. 10, and Sept. 5, 2017, Wilkerson provided crack cocaine to Sexton, who then sold it to the cooperating witness at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bedford.

Wilkerson faces a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 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; Sean J. Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Office; Michael Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division; and Shawn Kelly, Chief of Police of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police Service, Bedford VA Medical Center, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien of Lelling's Major Crimes 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.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated April 5, 2018