Lowell Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy Involving Counterfeit Pills Containing Methamphetamine
BOSTON – A Lowell man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy involving methamphetamine disguised as counterfeit Adderall pills.
Vimoon Sortsoy, 29, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for April 6, 2022. Sortsoy was indicted on Jan. 27, 2021.
Sortsoy conspired to distribute counterfeit prescription pills pressed to resemble Adderall that in fact contained methamphetamine in the Lowell area. Specifically, in a series of controlled purchases conducted by law enforcement, Sortsoy sold counterfeit pills containing methamphetamine to a cooperating witness. In total, Sortsoy sold approximately 400 grams of counterfeit pills containing methamphetamine.
The charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine provides for a sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Lowell Police Chief Raymond Kelly Richardson made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Hoefle of Mendell’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit is prosecuting the case.