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Monday, September 20, 2021

New Bedford Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Cocaine Conspiracy

BOSTON – A New Bedford man pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in connection with his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy. 

Orrin Guidry, 26, pleaded guilty before U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

In October 2020, Guidry was charged following an investigation into a drug trafficking organization led by co-conspirator Jason Valliere. According to the charging documents, Guidry and two other co-conspirators assisted Valliere in the coordination of a multi-kilogram drug deal with undercover agents. Guidry accepted cash payment in advance and agreed to wear a disguise for the anticipated drug deal. Guidry also agreed to serve as a lookout and armed manpower during any drug exchange. 

On Aug. 26, 2021, Valliere was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to five years in prison and four years of supervised release. 

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Joseph R. Bonavolanta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins; Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson; Boston Police Acting Commissioner Gregory Long; Brockton Police Chief Emanuel Gomes; Bridgewater Police Chief Christopher D. Delmonte; East Bridgewater Police Chief Paul O’Brien; and Westport Police Chief Keith Pelletier made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Fall River Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kaitlin O’Donnell of Mendell’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated September 20, 2021