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Friday, June 23, 2017

Brockton Man Sentenced for Distributing Fentanyl

Defendant prohibited from being in the City of Brockton

BOSTON – A Brockton man was sentenced on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in federal court in Boston for trafficking fentanyl.


Edson Gomes, 20, a/k/a “E,” was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 71 months in prison and three years of supervised release. During the period of supervised release, Gomes is prohibited from associating with his co-conspirators and certain Brockton gang members. He is also prohibited from being in the City of Brockton.


In January 2017, Gomes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl. In April 2016, Gomes was arrested and charged in a criminal complaint along with Luis DaCosta and Gilvan Monteiro. In May 2016, they and four others were indicted on drug and firearm-related charges.


On numerous occasions between December 2015 to March 2016, Gomes and his co-defendants sold fentanyl in the Brockton area, and shared several of the same customers. In instances where Monteiro was out of fentanyl, he would direct his customers to purchase from Gomes. On Feb. 10, 2016, Gomes conducted a drug deal with co-defendant Gabriel Nieves, and then mistakenly left his gun in Nieves’ car. Law enforcement seized the firearm when Nieves was stopped and arrested. Five days later, Gomes tried to obtain a replacement gun.


According to court documents, Gomes has a violent criminal history. At age 15 he was charged with assault and battery, and at age 17 he was arrested twice on drug possession charges. Gomes currently has three pending cases against him.


DaCosta was sentenced to 106 months in federal prison in May 2017. Monteiro pleaded guilty in federal court in January 2017 and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 10, 2017.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Michael Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz; and Brockton Police Chief John Crowley made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Glenn A. MacKinlay and Timothy Moran of Weinreb’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit prosecuted the case.


Violent Crime
Updated June 25, 2017