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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 30, 2018

Providence Man Sentenced for Dealing Kilo of Heroin

BOSTON – A Providence, R.I., man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for distributing a kilogram of heroin to an undercover agent.

Dennys Villalona, a/k/a Xavier Martinez-Gonzalez, 30, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 66 months in prison and eight years of supervised release. In September 2017, Villalona pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 100 grams of heroin.

In November 2016, a cooperating source introduced an undercover officer to Villalona for the purpose of supplying heroin to the undercover officer. On Nov. 17, 2016, Villalona and the undercover officer met in a restaurant parking lot in Foxboro where Villalona agreed to sell the undercover officer one kilogram of heroin for $55,000. Villalona stated that if the undercover officer kept coming back and business was good, the price would drop to $50,000 or even less per kilogram. Two days later, Villalona and the undercover officer met again, and Villalona supplied the undercover officer with a nearly 10-gram sample of heroin. On Nov. 22, 2016, Villalona and the undercover officer met at a restaurant in Wrentham, where Villalona delivered a package containing 992 grams of heroin to the undercover officer. All three meetings were recorded.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Albert Angelucci, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Ricci, Chief of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit, prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated April 30, 2018