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Springfield Man Sentenced For Narcotics Trafficking

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

BOSTON - A Springfield man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for narcotics offenses related to his involvement in a drug trafficking organization that trafficked heroin and crack cocaine from Massachusetts to Vermont. 

Oscar Rosario, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to four years in prison and four years of supervised release. In May 2019, Rosario pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine, and two counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine.

Rosario and seven others were charged in a superseding indictment on Dec. 21, 2018.  Co-defendants Dinelson Dinzey, 35, Joshua Foster, 41, Tracy Parsons, 46, Jamieson Gallas, 37, and Amanda Atkins, 35, all of Barre, VT., have pleaded guilty to related narcotics and money laundering charges. Co-defendants Nia Moore-Bush, a/k/a Nia Dinzey, 28, and Daphne Moore, 55, of Springfield, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. Luis Niko Santos, 24, also of Springfield, remains a fugitive. 

According to court documents, Moore-Bush and Dinzey obtained narcotics in the Springfield area, transported the drugs to Vermont themselves or via couriers, and distributed the drugs in the Barre area, where drug prices are much higher than in Springfield. Rosario pleaded guilty to supplying Moore-Bush and Dinzey with heroin, including on two specific dates: Nov. 17, 2017, and Dec. 8, 2017. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New England Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Internal Revenue Services, Criminal Investigations, Boston Field Office, the ATF’s Burlington (VT) Field Office, the Massachusetts State Police, the Vermont State Police, and the Montpelier and Barre (VT) Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine A. Wagner of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Harman Burkart of Lelling’s Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated January 11, 2021

Topics
Drug Trafficking
Opioids