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Brockton Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Fentanyl and Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

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

BOSTON – A Brockton man pleaded guilty yesterday to his role in a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy in and around the Quincy and Weymouth areas.

Neylton Fontes, 36, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including cocaine, fentanyl and fentanyl analogue; and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, fentanyl and fentanyl analogue. U.S. Senior District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for Sept. 16, 2024. Fontes was indicted along with three others in October 2023.

Around January 2021, Fontes possessed with intent to distribute cocaine, fentanyl and fentanyl analogue and participated in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, fentanyl and fentanyl analogue in Quincy and Weymouth. 

The charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogue and conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute each provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case. 

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department; Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department; Massachusetts State Police; and the Brockton, Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Boston, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and Barnstable Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kaitlin R. O’Donnell and Philip A. Mallard of the Organized Crime & Gang Unit are prosecuting the case. 

This effort 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

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated May 17, 2024

Drug Trafficking