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Worcester Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Possessing and Distributing Counterfeit Adderall Pills Containing Methamphetamine

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

BOSTON – A Worcester man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine disguised as counterfeit Adderall pills. 

Nestiano Kristo, 22, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Margaret R. Guzman to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release. On March 17, 2023, Kristo pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of cocaine; and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

Over the course of two months, Kristo sold significant quantities of counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl to an undercover law enforcement officer. Specifically, on May 10, 2021, Kristo provided approximately 1,000 counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine to the undercover officer, as well as providing cocaine to advertise what else he could supply. On May 18, 2021, Kristo arranged to sell 2,000 pills containing methamphetamine to the undercover.  He sent an associate to deliver the pills while he waited in a nearby car. On June 2, he again provided over 1100 pills containing methamphetamine to the undercover officer. A search of Kristo’s home in June 2021 recovered over 50,000 counterfeit Adderall pills, over $140,000 in cash, cocaine, counterfeit Xanax, fentanyl, as well as three firearms – one of which was modified into a fully automatic weapon.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; John E. Mawn, Jr. Interim Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police; and Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Noto of the Worcester Branch Unit prosecuted the case. 

Updated July 19, 2023

Drug Trafficking