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Mashpee Wampanoag Member Sentenced for Position in Heroin Trafficking Corporation | USAO-MA

BOSTON – A member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe was sentenced currently in federal court in Boston for his part in a extensive-ranging heroin trafficking conspiracy.

Joshua Johnson, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court docket Judge Allison D. Burroughs to time served plus an added two weeks (for a overall of around 13 months) in prison and three decades of supervised release. On March 11, 2021, Johnson pleaded responsible to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

In May well 2019, Johnson and 10 co-defendants ended up arrested and charged with a variety of drug distribution offenses.

According to court docket documents, in 2019, legislation enforcement commenced investigating a Cape Cod drug trafficking group, allegedly led by Edwin Otero. It is alleged that Otero and his co-conspirators distributed huge portions of heroin through Cape Cod, including Hyannis, Mashpee, Centerville and Osterville as well as Pawtucket, R.I. Interceptions from Otero’s cell phone recognized Johnson as a drug trafficker equipped by Otero. In addition to shifting sizeable quantities of heroin, the investigation exposed that associates of the Otero crew allegedly shot at a drug consumer over an unpaid financial debt and videotaped on their own beating a different male they incorrectly considered experienced provided details to the police.

Johnson is the second defendant to be sentenced in this scenario and the fourth to have pleaded guilty. The remaining defendants have pleaded not responsible and are pending demo.

Acting United States Lawyer Nathaniel R. Mendell Brian D. Boyle, Specific Agent in Cost of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division and Barnstable Police Chief Matthew K. Sonnabend designed the announcement nowadays. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Pohl and Lauren Graber of Mendell’s Narcotics and Funds Laundering Unit are prosecuting the situation. 

This exertion is component of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Endeavor Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the optimum-stage felony companies that threaten the United States employing a prosecutor-led, intelligence-pushed, multi-agency tactic. Supplemental info about the OCDETF Program can be identified at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The details contained in the charging files are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed harmless except and until finally proven responsible further than a realistic question in a court docket of law.