Worcester Man Sentenced on Crack Cocaine and Firearms Charges, Reports U.S. Attorney

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Attorney

    WORCESTER, Mass., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- A
 Worcester man was sentenced today in federal court to a term of imprisonment
 on drug and firearms charges.
     United States Attorney Donald K. Stern, Vincent J. Mazzilli, Special Agent
 in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England, and
 Chief James Gallagher of the Worcester Police Department, today announced that
 JUNITO MELENDEZ, age 18, formerly of 96 Southgate Street, Worcester,
 Massachusetts, was sentenced to an 11 year term of imprisonment after being
 convicted by a federal jury of distributing crack cocaine and being a juvenile
 in possession of firearms.
     U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton imposed the sentence after
 having heard evidence during the trial about MELENDEZ' s crack cocaine dealing
 with his brother, Juan Melendez.  Witnesses at the trial also testified that
 MELENDEZ possessed three handguns, two of which were fully loaded.  Many of
 MELENDEZ's criminal associates are also serving lengthy federal sentences
 after pleading guilty to drug charges: his brother, Juan Melendez, is serving
 15 years; Thomas Frazier is serving 12 years; Shaun Walker is serving 8 years;
 Corey Rondeau is serving 5 years; and Preston Woodley is serving 3 years.
     In imposing the lengthy sentence on MELENDEZ, Judge Gorton told him that
 the sentence was intended "to send you, and any others who would follow you, a
 message that distributing poisons in this community wreaks havoc upon the
 children of this area."
     The investigation was conducted jointly by the U.S. Drug Enforcement
 Administration's Mobile Enforcement Team, and the Worcester and Webster Police
 Departments.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Heidi E.
 Brieger and Michael D. Ricciuti of Stern's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement
 Task Force.
 
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    WORCESTER, Mass., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- A
 Worcester man was sentenced today in federal court to a term of imprisonment
 on drug and firearms charges.
     United States Attorney Donald K. Stern, Vincent J. Mazzilli, Special Agent
 in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England, and
 Chief James Gallagher of the Worcester Police Department, today announced that
 JUNITO MELENDEZ, age 18, formerly of 96 Southgate Street, Worcester,
 Massachusetts, was sentenced to an 11 year term of imprisonment after being
 convicted by a federal jury of distributing crack cocaine and being a juvenile
 in possession of firearms.
     U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton imposed the sentence after
 having heard evidence during the trial about MELENDEZ' s crack cocaine dealing
 with his brother, Juan Melendez.  Witnesses at the trial also testified that
 MELENDEZ possessed three handguns, two of which were fully loaded.  Many of
 MELENDEZ's criminal associates are also serving lengthy federal sentences
 after pleading guilty to drug charges: his brother, Juan Melendez, is serving
 15 years; Thomas Frazier is serving 12 years; Shaun Walker is serving 8 years;
 Corey Rondeau is serving 5 years; and Preston Woodley is serving 3 years.
     In imposing the lengthy sentence on MELENDEZ, Judge Gorton told him that
 the sentence was intended "to send you, and any others who would follow you, a
 message that distributing poisons in this community wreaks havoc upon the
 children of this area."
     The investigation was conducted jointly by the U.S. Drug Enforcement
 Administration's Mobile Enforcement Team, and the Worcester and Webster Police
 Departments.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Heidi E.
 Brieger and Michael D. Ricciuti of Stern's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement
 Task Force.
 
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