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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Maine Man Sentenced for Opioid Trafficking Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Maine man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for his role in an opioid trafficking conspiracy involving the distribution of oxycodone from Florida to Massachusetts and Maine.

Gorky Gonzalez, 26, of Biddeford, Maine, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 54 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In April 2018, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

Gonzalez was arrested in March 2017 along with numerous co-defendants for their roles in a widespread conspiracy involving opioid trafficking and money laundering offenses in Massachusetts and Florida. Their arrests were the result of a three-year federal investigation into opioid-trafficking in New England.

Between September 2016 and November 2016, Gonzalez obtained sizeable quantities of oxycodone intended for distribution that were shipped from Miami, Fla., to Massachusetts and then transported to Maine. Payment for the oxycodone pills was then delivered to co-conspirators in Massachusetts, who then forwarded the money to the source of supply in Florida.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Delany De Leon-Colon, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; and Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Biddeford (Maine), Framingham, Haverhill, Lawrence, Manchester (N.H.), Methuen, Millis, Natick, Stoughton, and Waltham Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nadine Pellegrini and Craig Estes of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit are prosecuting the cases.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated July 18, 2018