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Worcester Men Charged with Drug and Firearm Offenses

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

BOSTON – Two Worcester men were indicted yesterday in federal court in Worcester for their roles in a fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine conspiracy.

Daniel Donald, 36, and Robert Young, 46, were indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, cocaine base (a/k/a crack cocaine) and fentanyl. Donald was also charged with possession with intent to distribute over 100 grams of heroin, over 500 grams of cocaine, over 28 grams of crack cocaine, and fentanyl, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.      

Donald and Young were previously charged by complaint on Dec. 1, 2017. According to court documents, in April 2017, federal law enforcement began investigating ongoing drug sales by Donald and Young at a location on Groton Street in Worcester. On Nov. 30, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the Groton Street location and seized a kilogram of cocaine, approximately 490 grams of heroin, approximately 88 grams of crack cocaine, dozens of pills containing fentanyl, and a loaded 9 mm firearm. 

Young faces a sentence of no greater than 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $5 million. The drug charges against Donald provide for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release, and a fine of $5 million. The firearm charge provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Michael Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; and Worcester Police Chief Stephen Sargent made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg A. Friedholm, Chief of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office, is prosecuting the case. 

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated March 30, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses