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Friday, August 3, 2018

Springfield Man Charged with Distributing Crack Cocaine

BOSTON – A Springfield man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Springfield with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

Alonzo Williams Jr., 30, was charged in an indictment with two counts of distribution of crack cocaine. Williams appeared in federal court in Springfield today and was detained pending a detention hearing.

The indictment alleges that in October 2017, Williams distributed cocaine base on two occasions.

Williams faces no greater than 30 years in prison, a minimum of six years of supervised release, and a fine of $2 million.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri; and Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger made the announcement today. Assistance was provided by the Hampden and Berkshire County Sheriff’s Departments, and the West Springfield and Chicopee Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil L. Desroches of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated August 3, 2018