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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 13, 2020

Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl and Crack Cocaine

BOSTON – A Boston man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to drug distribution charges.

David A. Wood, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for March 16, 2021. Wood was charged by criminal complaint and has been in custody since his arrest on Dec. 19, 2019.

According to the charging documents, Wood distributed fentanyl in Boston on Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 2019, distributed crack cocaine in Boston on Dec. 10, 2019, and on Dec. 19, 2019, possessed fentanyl in Boston with the intent to distribute it.

The charge of distributing or possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on 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 Division made the announcement today.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
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Updated November 13, 2020