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Norwell Man Indicted for Possessing Fentanyl Intended for Distribution

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

BOSTON – A Norwell man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston for a drug distribution offense involving fentanyl.

Frederick Dechristoforo was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Dechristoforo was arrested yesterday and, following an initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal, was detained pending a detention hearing set for Nov. 22, 2022.

According to the indictment, in December 2021, Dechristoforo possessed nearly 100 grams intended for distribution.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl provides for a sentence of at least 5 years and up to 40 years in prison, at least 3 years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $5,000,000 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.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New England made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan J. Gotlob of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated November 18, 2022

Drug Trafficking