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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Brockton Man Indicted for Federal Drug Offenses

BOSTON – A Brockton man was charged in federal court in Boston yesterday with distributing fentanyl and cocaine.

Rayshawn DaCruz, 23, was indicted on four counts of distribution of a controlled substance. DaCruz was arrested and charged in May 2019 in Brockton.

According to charging documents, on April 4,April 16, May 2, and May 6, 2019, DaCruz distributed various amounts of fentanyl and cocaine to an undercover police officer.

Each charge of distribution of a controlled substance provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine up to $1 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 Investigations, Boston Field Division; Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Brockton Police Chief John Crowley made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien of Lelling’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit is prosecuting the case.

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated June 27, 2019