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Department of Justice
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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Brockton Man Sentenced for Fentanyl Distribution

BOSTON – A Brockton resident was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston to more than four years in prison for fentanyl distribution. 

Jorge Monteiro a/k/a “Jay,” 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In December 2018, Monteiro pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl.

Monteiro was responsible for distributing 57 grams of fentanyl in June 2018. In addition, during his arrest on Aug. 23, 2018, law enforcement recovered a Glock 9 mm pistol and two metal cylindrical presses.  The presses are typically used to press opiates such as heroin or fentanyl into “fingers” for distribution; a finger is typically 10 grams. The government also alleged that Monteiro was an associate of the Perkins Avenue gang in Brockton.

According to the court documents, this case was part of Operation Landshark, a federal investigation that targeted impact players and repeat offenders in Brockton and Boston, each who have prior convictions for acts of violence, firearm offenses and/or drug trafficking. It is alleged that many of the Operation Landshark targets are among the top 30 criminal offenders responsible for violent acts and firearms in Brockton.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz; Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins; Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross; and Brockton Police Chief John Crowley made the announcement. The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s North Shore Gang Task Force and Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force. Valuable assistance was provided by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Plymouth and Essex County Sheriff’s Offices; Massachusetts Department of Corrections; U.S. Parole Commission; U.S. Postal Inspection Services; and the U.S. Secret Service.

Operation Landshark 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.

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Updated March 28, 2019