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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

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

Anthony Smallwood, 29, pleaded guilty to four counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for May 27, 2020.  Smallwood was previously charged by criminal complaint and arrested on May 22, 2019.

According to court records, between March and May 2019, Smallwood engaged in four separate drug sales of fentanyl to a witness cooperating with the government. These sales totaled over 230 grams of fentanyl.    

The charges of distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl, each 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; 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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 22, 2020