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Stoughton Man Sentenced in Connection with Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

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

BOSTON – A Stoughton man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

Joseph Greene, 22, of Stoughton, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to time served (approximately one month in prison) and three years of supervised release. On May 9, 2020, Greene pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, cocaine, cocaine base, oxycodone, and marijuana. Greene was charged by criminal complaint and arrested on Nov. 1, 2018 and then indicted in December 2018. Greene enrolled in the Court-run RISE program, which he successfully completed.  

In 2018, federal and state law enforcement began investigating members of a drug trafficking organization in and around the Boston area, allegedly led by Djuna Goncalves. The investigation revealed that Goncalves allegedly worked with several others to distribute heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana from a base of operations in Brockton. Over the course of the investigation, other members of Goncalves’ drug cell were identified, including Greene. Greene purchased crack and powder on multiple occasions from Goncalves in October 2018. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Brockton Police Chief Emanuel Gomes; John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; and Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Pohl and Alathea Porter of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 15, 2020

Drug Trafficking