Two Sentenced for Roles in Wide-Ranging Drug Conspiracy
BOSTON – Two men were sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for their participation in a wide-ranging fentanyl, heroin, crack and cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
Adiangel Paredes, 37, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 135 months in prison and five years of supervised release. In October 2022, Paredes was convicted by a federal jury of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base (commonly known as crack cocaine).
Jonathan Villot, 32, was sentenced by Judge Hillman to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. In March 2023, Villot pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
Following a fatal fentanyl overdose in September 2018, an investigation began into a drug trafficking organization in the Fitchburg area. Intercepted communications, surveillance and controlled purchases identified Paredes as a fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine supplier and Villot as a cocaine distributor.
Between September 2018 and November 2019, Paredes conspired to distribute fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine as well as a fentanyl and heroin mixture. Nearly 850 grams of the fentanyl and heroin mixture supplied by Paredes in three controlled purchases was seized during the investigation. In addition, Paredes is responsible for distributing an additional 1.3 kilograms of fentanyl, 2.6 kilograms of cocaine and at least 550 grams of a fentanyl and heroin mixture.
Between January and July 2020, Villot distributed cocaine to a cooperating witness on three occasions. For two of those deals, Villot sent co-conspirator Ivan Torres to deliver the cocaine. Torres pleaded guilty to the indictment and was sentenced in September 2023 to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In addition to the sales to the cooperating witness, Villot is responsible for distributing an additional two kilograms of cocaine in February 2020.
Over the course of the investigation, over 1.8 kilograms of a heroin and fentanyl mixture, over 3.6 kilograms of cocaine and over 50 grams of crack cocaine were seized, as well as a stolen, loaded handgun, drug manufacturing equipment and over $376,000.
The defendants are the 16th and 17th to be sentenced in this case. All 18 defendants have been convicted – either by guilty plea or jury conviction following trial. The remaining defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 16, 2023.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction; and John E. Mawn Jr., Interim Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. The Fitchburg and Lunenburg Police Departments and U.S. Postal Inspection Service provided valuable assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alathea Porter and Sarah Hoefle of the Criminal Division prosecuted the case.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.