Former Brockton Man Sentenced on Drug Charges
MAR 30 -- Boston, MA... A former Brockton man was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court on two counts of Distribution of Cocaine Base (Crack Cocaine).
June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, announced today that ANDRE LEOTTI, A.K.A. DRE, age 29, who resided in Brockton for nine years prior to moving to Fall River shortly before his arrest in 2002, was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison, followed by four years' supervised release, as well as a $200.00 special assessment, before Judge Joseph L. Tauro.
The charges arose out of a Drug Enforcement Administration task force investigation resulting in two drug sales made by LEOTTI in July of 2002 in Bridgewater and Fall River, Massachusetts, in which he sold 13.8 grams and 41.1 grams of cocaine base ("crack").
On August 29, 2002, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against LEOTTI. On the same day, the U.S. District Court issued a warrant for LEOTTI's arrest. LEOTTI was arrested on the warrant near his Fall River home on September 12, 2002. Given the passage of time between August 29 and September 12, LEOTTI had been declared a fugitive, and the U.S. Marshals Service was engaged in effecting his arrest.
As a result of his arrest, a search was conducted on LEOTTI's home. During that search, agents found $2,000 in cash, an electronic scale used to package cocaine and numerous newspaper clippings of shooting incidents in Brockton. Agents also seized photographs of LEOTTI and fellow Hunt Street gang members demonstrating gang signs and one photograph in which LEOTTI was with a person holding a gun.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.