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South Yarmouth Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl and Heroin Offenses

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

BOSTON – A South Yarmouth man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to fentanyl and heroin offenses.

Dustin Monick, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for Sept. 8, 2021. Monick was charged by criminal complaint in August 2020.

In December 2019, Monick was stopped by police in Yarmouth for multiple traffic violations. After speaking briefly with police, Monick fled the scene in his vehicle, but was stopped shortly thereafter. Police observed a backpack in Monick’s vehicle during the stop, which was later found along the road and contained over 600 grams of heroin and fentanyl. During his arrest, two keys were found on Monick’s person. One key opened a storage locker used by Monick and the other opened a safe, which contained over two kilos of fentanyl and $100,068 cash.

The charging statute provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, a least four years and up to life of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million. The government is also seeking forfeiture of the cash found in the storage locker.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; and Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadine Pellegrini of Mendell’s Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 26, 2021

Drug Trafficking