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Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Boston man pleaded guilty yesterday to methamphetamine distribution.

Joshua Westbrook, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. U.S. District Court Judge Angel Kelley scheduled sentencing for Aug. 2, 2023. Westbrook was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2021. 

In November 2021, Westbrook distributed over 360 grams of pure methamphetamine in Dorchester. An additional 500 grams of pure methamphetamine and a machete were also seized from Westbrook over the course of the investigation.   

The charge of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine provides for a sentence of at least 10 years and up to life years in prison, at least five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Postal Service; Plymouth County and Norfolk County Sheriff’s Offices; Massachusetts State Police; and the Portland (Maine), Watertown, Waltham, Concord, Reading, Peabody and Hudson Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alathea Porter of Rollins’ Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.  

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Updated April 6, 2023

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