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Friday, December 1, 2017

Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Drug Distribution

Defendant sold heroin and cocaine to Columbia Point Dawgs

BOSTON – A Dominican national pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to  distributing cocaine.


Elvin Radhames Soto, a/k/a Jimmy, a/k/a Jimmy Quinones, a/k/a Frank Norris Agusto, a/k/a Jorge Belnabel Santo, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Rya W. Zobel scheduled sentencing for Jan. 23, 2018.


Soto and Ileana Valdez supplied hundreds of grams of heroin and cocaine a week to members of Boston’s largest and most influential city-wide gang, the Columbia Point Dawgs (CPD), also known on the street as “the Point,” with the help of several drug runners.  Together, Soto and Valdez ran a round-the-clock drug delivery organization which used three drug stash houses and one money stash house.


Soto is the 47th of 51 defendants tied to the CPD to plead guilty. Valdez previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. 


Soto faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $10 million. Soto will be deported upon completion of his sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; and Commissioner Thomas Turco of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, made the announcement. 


The details contained in the charging documents are allegations.  The remaining defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.       

Drug Trafficking
Updated December 1, 2017