Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced
Boston, MA... A methamphetamine dealer was sentenced late yesterday in federal court on federal drug distribution charges.
June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and announced that DALE BERNARD, age 43, of Boston, MA, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro to more than seven years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. BERNARD pleaded guilty on June 16, 2005 to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, and six counts of distributing methamphetamine.
At an earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proven that BERNARD obtained methamphetamine from California and conspired with GARY CARLOW to distribute it in Boston and Provincetown, and that undercover officers made controlled purchases of methamphetamine from BERNARD on multiple occasions.
At the sentencing hearing, the prosecutor argued that BERNARD should be sentenced to jail time because he had sold a substantial amount of methamphetamine over the course of several years. BERNARD had told an undercover officer that he was the biggest meth dealer in Boston. At the time of his arrest, law enforcement searched BERNARD’S home and found other illegal drugs in addition to methamphetamine, including ketamine, ecstasy and marijuana. CARLOW is scheduled to be sentenced on Mary 11, 2006.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Task Force, and it was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Pelgro.