Member of Violent Boston Gang Sentenced to 9.5 Years in Prison for Racketeering and Drug Trafficking Offenses
BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced today for his involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy involving fentanyl and cocaine.
John Rodrigues, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to three months in prison, nine months of home confinement and three years of supervised release. On April 27, 2021, Rodrigues pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and cocaine.
On Nov. 1, 2017 Rodrigues sold approximately 9.8 grams of a mixture containing fentanyl and cocaine to an undercover officer. Rodrigues was charged as part of an investigation into a drug trafficking organization distributing large quantities of fentanyl, cocaine and other controlled substances in the greater Boston area.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Acting Commissioner Gregory Long made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Corey Steinberg and John Mulcahy of Mendell’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.