Convicted Felon Sentenced for Crack Cocaine Distribution
BOSTON – A Boston man, previously convicted of numerous state drug distribution charges, was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for distributing cocaine base (crack cocaine).
Jerry Cooper, a/k/a “Jerkz,” 30, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release. On Nov. 8, 2022, Cooper pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.
This case arose from a series of controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Cooper, who, in September 2021, was recorded conducting a controlled purchase of crack cocaine.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Dawley, Jr. of the Organized Crime & Gang Unit prosecuted the case.
This case 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.