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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Worcester Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Worcester woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Worcester to her role in a heroin and cocaine conspiracy.

Kristin Little, 34, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine and to possess heroin and cocaine with the intent to distribute. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Hillman scheduled sentencing for June 7, 2018. Little and four co-defendants, Vito Nuzzolilo, of Worcester; Thomas Walker, of Pemaquid, Maine; Melissa Rock, of Pemaquid, Maine; and Ricardo Ortega-Vasquez, a Dominican national residing in New York City, were indicted in July 2017.

In May 2017, as a result of an investigation into drug trafficking in the Worcester area, Little and Nuzzolilo were arrested for their roles in a drug conspiracy. (The three other co-defendants were arrested in June and July 2017.) Little sold heroin and cocaine from her apartment in Worcester and collected debts that arose from previous drug sales. In 2017, a federal wiretap captured Nuzzolilo directing Little to provide heroin and cocaine of various quantities to numerous customers.

Little faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $5 million. 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 J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated March 8, 2018