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Worcester Man Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking

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

BOSTON – A Worcester man was sentenced yesterday for his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy.  

Kevin Jean, 31, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 40 months in prison and three years of supervised release. On March 30, 2022, Jean and co-defendants Junior Melendez and Juan Rodriguez were convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine.

From March 2019 through early June 2019, intercepted communications revealed that Jean, Melendez and Rodriguez conspired with Angel Cordova, Antoine Mack, Carlos Richards and others to buy and sell multiple kilograms of cocaine.  Melendez and Rodriguez purchased powder cocaine from Cordova, cooked a portion of that powder cocaine into cocaine base (crack cocaine), and then allegedly distributed the cocaine – using Jean and Mack as their runners – to their primary buyer, Richards in Manchester, N.H. 

On Oct. 3, 2022, Rodriguez was sentenced to 52 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In May 2020, Mack was sentenced to 54 months in prison. Cordova is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 18, 2022. Melendez is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 29, 2022. Richards remains a fugitive.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by Massachusetts State Police; New Hampshire State Police; Worcester County Sheriff’s Office; Shrewsbury Police Department; Athol Police Department; Winchendon Police Department and the Pawtucket, R.I. Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg A. Friedholm, Chief of Rollins’ Worcester Branch Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren A. Graber of Rollins’ Criminal Division prosecuted the case.   

Updated October 14, 2022

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Drug Trafficking