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Vermont Man Sentenced for Narcotics Offense

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

BOSTON – A Vermont man was sentenced on Dec. 14, 2022 in federal court in Boston for his role in a cocaine conspiracy.  

Lorenzo Deconinck, 60, of Jamaica, Vt., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to time served (approximately one day in prison) and two years of supervised release, with the first six months of supervised release to be served in home confinement. In September 2019, Deconinck pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Deconinck conspired with David Cruz and others to distribute cocaine in Massachusetts. Specifically, between 2015 and 2016, Cruz obtained cocaine from sources in Mexico and transported it to the Springfield area via concealed compartments in a Nissan Juke. Deconinck then purchased more than 50 grams of cocaine from Cruz with the intent to distribute it. 

Cruz previously pleaded guilty to drug and firearms offenses and is awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division made the announcement today.  Assistance was provided by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations, the DEA’s Carlsbad (Calif.) Resident Office and Westfield (Mass.) Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Neil L. Desroches, Catherine G. Curley and Steven H. Breslow of Rollins’ Springfield Branch Office 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

Updated January 4, 2023

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