South Shore Residents Charged in Oxycodone Trafficking Ring
Seven South Shore residents were charged in federal court Monday on drug trafficking charges, after a six-month investigation, capping off a six-month investigation that stretched from Southeastern Massachusetts to Florida.
Seven individuals were charged Monday in federal court with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.
Six of the seven were arrested Monday morning, while one was already in custody.
Charged in a criminal complaint with the drug conspiracy are Steven Dunn, 47, of Brockton; Robert Henriques, 55, of Brockton; Jodi Kilday, 46, of Brockton; Jose Silva, 34, of Whitman; Gail Fitzgibbons, 30, of Abington; Gennaro “Jerry” Dellatorre, 35, of Abington; and Adam Roberts, 29, of Brockton. Dunn, Henriques, Kilday, Fitzgibbons, Dellatorre were all arrested this morning. Silva was previously in state custody.
According to court documents, from June 2012 through December 2012, Dunn, Henriques, Kilday, Silva, Fitzgibbons, Dellatorre and Roberts purchased, sold, and distributed wholesale quantities of Oxycodone. If convicted, the maximum penalties for each defendant is up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by up to lifetime supervised release and a $1 million fine.
According to the criminal complaint affidavit, a Court-authorized wiretap was utilized to intercept communication between the defendants over the course of approximately eight months. It is alleged that Roberts sold and distributed wholesale quantities of Oxycodone to Dunn and others throughout the South Shore. On Aug. 21, 2012, shortly after purchasing a quantity of Oxycodone from Fitzgibbons, Roberts was arrested and 274 Oxycodone pills were seized. Dunn purchased wholesale quantities of Oxycodone from Roberts, Kilday and others, and then distributed the pills to “street level” customers through Henriques. Silva sold wholesale quantitites of Oxycodone to Fitgibbons and Dellatorre. On Dec. 8, 2012 Silva was arrested while returning from New York and 1,744 Oxycodone pills were seized.
The Plymouth Police provided "substantial" assistance in the investigation, the release states.
The case was investigated by the DEA Cape Cod Task Force and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office. Substantial assistance was provided by the Police Departments of Brockton, Marshfield, Wareham, Plymouth, and Barnstable; MSP Cape and Islands Detective Unit; DEA New York Field Division Strike Force Group 23 and West Palm Beach, Fla. Resident Office; Del Ray Beach, Fla. Police Department; and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys James E. Arnold and Michael I. Yoon of Ortiz's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said the cooperation among federal, state, and local authirities in this case was "unprecedented."
"These arrests demonstrate the commitment of DEA and our law enforcement partners in targeting and bringing to justice those responsible for illegally supplying and distributing Oxycodone in our neighborhoods," said Special Agent in Charge John Arvanitis. "We are steadfast in our commitment to assisting communities who suffer through the abuse of diverted prescription medicines."