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BOSTON – A Stoughton man with ties to the Orchard Gardens housing development in Roxbury was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston on drug trafficking charges.
Dashawn Matthews, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. On Dec. 14, 2020, Matthews pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base (also known as crack cocaine).
During an investigation into drug trafficking and violence in the Orchard Gardens housing development, a cooperating witness and an undercover police officer made eight purchases of fentanyl, crack cocaine or both from Matthews. In total, between May and August 2019, Matthews distributed approximately 120 grams of fentanyl and 98 grams of crack cocaine. Most of the sales took place a short distance away from the Orchard Gardens housing development.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Acting Commissioner Gregory Long made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Pohl of Mendell’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.