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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearm Charges

Defendant Sold Cocaine and Ecstasy

BOSTON – A Southbridge man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Worcester in connection with being a felon in possession of a firearm and distributing drugs.

Alehandros Medina, 24, pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine, ketamine, MDMA and Methylone; being a felon in possession of a firearm and attempted money laundering.  U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for Feb. 3, 2017.    

On several occasions between November 2014 and October 2015, Medina sold cocaine, MDMA (commonly referred to as ecstasy), and ketamine to an undercover federal agent.  In August 2015, Medina traveled to Oregon and was stopped by police who confiscated approximately $22,000 from Medina that he intended to use to purchase marijuana.  In  October 2015, federal agents arrested Medina in Southbridge as he was delivering cocaine to an undercover agent.  Later that day, agents seized cocaine and a loaded .38 caliber revolver from Medina’s residence.   

The charge of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million.  The charge of distribution of ketamine provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $500,000.  The charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $500,000.  The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Michal J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; and Southbridge Police Chief Shane Woodson, made the announcement today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg A. Friedholm of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case. 

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated October 12, 2016