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Fitchburg Man Charged in Federal Drug Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – Angel Cruz, a/k/a “Papo,” 57, was arrested today and charged in federal court in Worcester with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.  


According to the indictment, unsealed today, Cruz conspired with others in October 2016 to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine


Cruz faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $5 million. 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; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest F. Martineau; and Lunenburg Police Chief James P. Marino made the announcement today. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit Division, Columbus Office, and the Ohio State Police assisted with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle L. Dineen Jerrett of Weinreb’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.


The details contained in the court documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated November 1, 2017

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