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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 19, 2018

Brockton Man Convicted by Federal Jury of Fentanyl Distribution

Defendant faces mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison

BOSTON – A Brockton man was convicted by a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Boston on Friday, March 16, 2018, of fentanyl distribution. 

Dany Brandao, 30, was convicted of four counts of fentanyl distribution and one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel scheduled sentencing for June 6, 2018.

On Oct. 7, 2016, Oct. 11, 2016, Oct. 25, 2016, and Nov. 1, 2016, Brandao met with an undercover police detective and sold him plastic baggies containing fentanyl. On Nov. 8, 2016, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Brandao’s home, where they located fentanyl, plastic baggies, cash, and a digital scale. The controlled purchases and search resulted in the seizure of more than 180 grams of fentanyl from Brandao. At the time of these offenses, Brandao was on federal supervised release stemming from a June 2013 conviction for heroin trafficking conspiracy.

Brandao faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime 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; Michal J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts States Police; Brockton Police Chief John Crowley; East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen; and Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leah Foley, Ann Taylor, and Craig Estes of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit are prosecuting the case.

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Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated March 19, 2018