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Boston Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Distributing Methamphetamine

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

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine.

Joshua Westbrook, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Angel Kelley to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In April 2023, Westbrook pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Westbrook was a methamphetamine dealer who sold large quantities of methamphetamine to others. In November 2021, in Dorchester, Westbrook distributed over 360 grams of pure methamphetamine to a cooperating witness. During the controlled purchase, Westbrook was observed carrying multiple knives, including a machete style knife. Later that month, a package destined for Westbrook was seized which contained over 440 grams of pure methamphetamine. An additional 500 grams of pure methamphetamine, a machete and a billy club were also seized from Westbrook over the course of the investigation.   

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Jodi Cohen, 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 the Criminal Division prosecuted 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 February 16, 2024

Drug Trafficking