US Attorney brings charges following drug bust
Five men and one woman are facing federal drug and firearm charges following an investigation of a drug ring operating in and around Wareham and New Bedford. One Wareham woman faces state charges following the federal investigation.
Steven Miranda, 52, of Wareham; Manuel Pina-Agee, 32; Clifford Gomes, 53; and Casey Andrade, 37, all of New Bedford, were each charged with conspiring to distribute fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, and possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute it.
The US Attorney’s office alleges that the men possessed more than 40 grams of fentanyl and more than 10 grams of furanyl fentanyl, a fentanyl analogue.
In addition, Pina-Agee and Gomes are charged with possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year in prison.
Jarrett Galloway, 28, of New Bedford, was charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute it.
Jodi Smith, 33, formerly of Wareham, was charged with three counts of distributing fentanyl in January and February 2019.
Pina-Agee, Andrade, and Smith were arrested on April 25, 2019, and charged by criminal complaint. Pina-Agee is detained and Andrade and Smith were released on conditions. Gomes, Miranda, and Galloway were arrested on state charges on April 25, 2019. The state charges are expected to be dismissed in lieu of federal prosecution.
Also on April 25, Wareham Police detectives executed a search warrant at 308 Onset Ave. in conjunction with the federal investigation. Officers seized fentanyl, numerous pills, firearm parts, and over 100 rounds of ammunition. Kayla Boutilier, 27, of that address, was arrested and charged with trafficking in fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute a class “E” drug, and possession of ammunition without a FID card. She will be charged by the state, rather than the US Attorneys.
For Pina-Agee, Gomes, Miranda, and Andrade, the conspiracy charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $5 million. For Pina-Agee, the charge of possession with intent to distribute carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $5 million.
The other drug charges each carry a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $1 million. The firearm charges carry a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, 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.