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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Quincy Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking and Gun Possession

BOSTON – A Quincy man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston on drug trafficking and firearm charges.

Jonathan Andrade, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 20 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In January 2018, Andrade pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and cocaine base, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. 

On Sept. 15, 2017, a search warrant was executed at Andrade’s apartment in Quincy. The agents knocked on the door and announced their presence, and with no response from inside, they began forcing the door open. In the meantime, agents positioned outside of the building observed an open window in the apartment, and Andrade throwing a black canvas bag to the sidewalk below. The bag was recovered and found to contain approximately two kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of fentanyl and 250 grams of cocaine base. Once agents entered the apartment, they found Andrade standing near the open window where he was arrested.

A further search of the apartment recovered of a Taurus, Model 709FS, 9mm semi-automatic firearm that was one of 33 firearms reported stolen in December 2012, approximately $20,000, luxury jewelry, and several gold bars. Baggies and a heat sealer were recovered from the kitchen. 

During the search of Andrade’s vehicles – a BMW, Altima, Malibu, and Dodge Van –     investigators discovered two electronic hides within the Altima. The hides contained approximately one kilogram each of cocaine and fentanyl.        

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Cannon of Lelling’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit.

 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated August 16, 2018