Three Florida Men Sentenced for Roles in Interstate Opioid Trafficking Conspiracy
BOSTON – Three Florida men were sentenced in federal court in Boston for their roles in an opioid trafficking conspiracy across Massachusetts and Florida.
Craig Drummond, 27, of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 10 months in prison and two years of supervised release. In March 2018, Drummond pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
Darren Infante, 27, of Miami, Fla., was sentenced today by Judge Casper to time served and two years of supervised release, including seven months of home detention. In August 2017, Infante pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.
Jenssi Astacio, 32, of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., was sentenced yesterday by Judge Casper to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In April 2018, Astacio pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
In March 2017, Astacio, Drummond, Infante, and seven others were arrested and charged. The arrests were the result of a three-year investigation that began in 2014. The defendants conspired to transport sizeable quantities of oxycodone from Miami, Fla., to Massachusetts, where it was distributed in the greater Boston area. Proceeds from the sales were then transported and/or transferred back to Florida and laundered in various ways.
Astacio shipped - and directed other co-conspirators to ship - large quantities of oxycodone pills from Florida to Massachusetts, negotiated with other co-conspirators the sale of oxycodone pills for redistribution, and directed co-conspirators to use bank accounts to launder the cash proceeds of their illicit sale of drugs. Drummond shipped sizeable quantities of oxycodone from Miami to Massachusetts, where it was distributed in the greater Boston area, and Infante shipped eight packages containing oxycodone from Miami to various addresses in Massachusetts for distribution.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; and Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Biddeford (Maine), Framingham, Haverhill, Lawrence, Manchester (N.H.), Methuen, Millis, Natick, Stoughton and Waltham Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nadine Pellegrini and Craig Estes of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit are prosecuting the cases.