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Massachusetts career criminal pleads guilty to drug trafficking while on supervised release for federal conviction



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BOSTON – The Department of Justice says that a career criminal pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Boston to trafficking fentanyl while still on supervised release for a previous federal conviction.

Ozair Pereira, 34, of Brockton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and four counts of distribution of fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin scheduled sentencing for Dec. 10, 2022. Earlier this afternoon, Pereira was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to two years in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release.

“Today, Mr. Pereira admitted to his role in a conspiracy that sought to profit off addiction and harm,” said United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. “Even more troubling, Mr. Pereira engaged in this criminal conduct while on federal supervised release for a prior drug trafficking conviction. Opioids continue to cause irreversible destruction and chaos in communities across our Commonwealth and the nation. Two thousand lives were lost last year in Massachusetts, people stolen from us that will never return. We will attack this problem with every resource we have. The goal is to cut the flow of deadly narcotics onto our streets. Drug traffickers, especially repeat offenders, be warned – you will be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

On four occasions in February and March 2021, Pereira worked with co-defendant Robert Roscoe and others to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl. At the time of the offense, Pereira was on supervised release for a prior federal drug trafficking offense. Specifically, in 2018, Pereira and several other defendants were arrested as part of a wide-ranging investigation targeting drug trafficking and violence in Brockton. Pereira was intercepted on a court-authorized wiretap ordering heroin from a drug supplier. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

On June 30, 2022, Roscoe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and distribution of fentanyl and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 24, 2022.

Because of his prior federal conviction, on the charge of conspiracy to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, Pereira faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, at least eight years of supervised release and a fine of $8 million. The charge of distribution of fentanyl provides for a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, at least six years of supervised release and a fine of up to $2 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

U.S. Attorney Rollins; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Brockton Police Chief Brenda Perez; and New Bedford Police Chief Paul Oliveira made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Pohl of Rollins’ Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

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