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BOSTON – A Brockton man was sentenced on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in federal court in Boston for heroin trafficking.
Ozair Pereira, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In May 2019, Pereira pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
During an investigation in the fall of 2018, agents intercepted telephone calls between Djuna Goncalves and multiple individuals, including Pereira, which revealed that Goncalves allegedly worked with others to distribute large quantities of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana from a base of operations at 12 Addison Avenue in Brockton. During the intercepted calls, Pereira ordered heroin from Goncalves, and agents observed Goncalves deliver the drugs to Pereira in Brockton.
Periera was indicted, along with Goncalves, and eight other defendants on Dec. 12, 2018, in a wide ranging drug conspiracy. Periera is the second defendant in this case to be sentenced.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Jason Molina, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintended of the Massachusetts State Police; Brockton Police Chief John Crowley; and Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Pohl and Alathea Porter of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.