Member of Brockton-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison
Defendant shot and killed a drug customer in furtherance of heroin conspiracy
BOSTON – The member of a violent Brockton-based drug trafficking organization (DTO) was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in a heroin trafficking conspiracy.
Lutherson Bonheur, a/k/a “Boogs,” 29, of Brockton, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge William G. Young to 19 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In October 2020, Bonheur pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and cocaine; one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin; two counts of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and cocaine; two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm; one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense; and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense resulting in death.
Bonheur was arrested and charged in November 2015 along with four co-conspirators as part of a coordinated enforcement operation dubbed “Operation Heroin Highway.” The investigation identified co-conspirator Marvin Antoine to be the leader of a DTO involved in drug and sex trafficking in the Brockton area. Eventually, 10 defendants were charged and convicted in this case.
Bonheur was Antoine’s trusted right-hand man and lived at the DTO’s stash house which maintained heroin, cocaine, and firearms. The stash location also housed women who Bonheur and Antoine trafficked for commercial sex acts and were used by Bonheur and Antoine to test new batches of heroin before selling to customers. On a daily basis, Bonheur and his co-conspirators packaged and delivered drugs to a wide customer base between Brockton and the South Shore.
In addition to selling drugs, Bonheur collected drug debts owed to the DTO and at times used violence to do so. In September 2015, approximately three weeks after being released on bail for possession of heroin, Bonheur lured a heroin customer to a location in Hyde Park, under the guise that Bonheur needed the victim to conduct counter-surveillance while he purchased heroin. When they arrived in Hyde Park, Bonheur shot and killed the victim with a handgun. Bonheur subsequently drove to Antoine’s residence where they arranged a sale of the murder weapon. The handgun was later intercepted by investigators.
First Assistant United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Barnstable Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend made the announcement today. Special assistance was provided by the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leah B. Foley and Stephen W. Hassink of the Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.