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Puerto Rico Man Indicted For Conspiring To Distribute Cocaine

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

BOSTON – A Puerto Rico man was charged today by a federal grand jury in Worcester with cocaine conspiracy.

William Torres, 34, of Toa Baja, P.R., was indicted on conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. He was arrested in April 2019 and charged by criminal complaint. After appearing in federal court in San Juan, P.R., he was released on conditions. An arraignment date in federal court in Worcester has not yet been set.

According to court documents, Torres arranged for the distribution of approximately one kilogram of cocaine between two parties in Worcester on Nov. 1, 2018.  

Torres faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and no greater than 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bill Abely and John Mulcahy of Lelling’s Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.

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

Updated August 8, 2019

Drug Trafficking