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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Worcester Woman Sentenced for Role in Federal Drug Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Worcester woman was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for her role in a heroin and cocaine conspiracy.

Kristin Little, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Hillman to 30 months in prison and four years of supervised release. In May 2018, Little pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine and to possess heroin and cocaine with the intent to distribute. 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 and charged for their roles in a drug conspiracy. (The three 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.

Rock, Walker, and Ortega-Vasquez have each pleaded guilty. Nuzzolilo pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, 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 defendant is 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 June 7, 2018