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Lowell Man Indicted for Possessing Half a Kilogram of Methamphetamine Intended for Distribution

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

BOSTON – A Lowell man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Boston on methamphetamine charges and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. 

Ravouth Chhoy, 33, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

“The highly addictive nature of methamphetamine, combined with the destruction it causes to the health of its users, makes it a lethal threat to the well-being of our communities,” said United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. “We believe that Mr. Chhoy possessed and intended to distribute more than half a kilo of this dangerous narcotic. Those who seek to dispense harmful drugs throughout this Commonwealth have no regard to the lives that they are damaging. We at the U.S. Attorney’s Office do. These prosecutions will continue if this behavior persists.”

"As methamphetamine seizures are on the rise, DEA stands committed to keeping this highly addictive drug out of Massachusetts," said Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division. "This arrest not only holds Mr. Chhoy accountable for these crimes but it also serves as a warning to those traffickers who are contributing to the drug crisis in America.  This investigation demonstrates the strength of collaborative law enforcement efforts in Massachusetts."

The charge of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substances containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life years in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a fine of $5 million. The charge of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

U.S. Attorney Rollins and DEA SAC Boyle made the announcement today. The Boston Police Department provided critical assistance in the investigation of this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Panich of Rollins’ Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated August 3, 2022

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Drug Trafficking