Trio Indicted on Drug Charges
Boston, MA...Three Boston men were indicted in federal court on Wednesday, October 11, 2006, on drug charges in connection with the sale of methamphetamine to undercover officers.
June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; United States Attorney Michael J . Sullivan; and Colonel Mark Delaney, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that DAMIEN SMITH, age 27, of 60 Charles Gate East, Boston, ANTONIO FORTUNY, age 49, of 260 North Harvard Street, Brighton, and DOUGLAS E. TRIBLEY III, age 28, of 260 North Harvard Street, Brighton, were charged in a four-count Indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine.
According to the Indictment, criminal Complaint and other documents previously filed with the Court, the charges against SMITH, FORTUNY and TRIBLEY stem from three sales of methamphetamine to two undercover officers. Specifically, it is alleged that between August 8, 2006, and August 10, 2006, SMITH, FORTUNY and TRIBLEY, conspired to possess and distribute methamphetamine to two undercover Massachusetts State Troopers that had been assigned to the DEA's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area ("HIDTA") Task Force located in Worcester. It is alleged that, on August 10, 2006, SMITH, FORTUNY and TRIBLEY sold an ounce of methamphetamine in exchange for $2,000 to the two undercover officers while inside FORTUNY and TRIBLEY's apartment, located at 260 North Harvard Street in Brighton. It is further alleged that on August 22, 2006, FORTUNY sold a small amount of methamphetamine in exchange for $150 to the same undercover officers while inside his residence. Lastly it is alleged that on August 25, 2006, SMITH sold methamphetamine in exchange for $300 to the same undercover officers.
SMITH, FORTUNY and TRIBLEY were arrested in connection with the charges on September 21, 2006, and are presently in federal custody pending trial. All three defendants are expected to be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein on October 18, 2006.
If convicted, SMITH, FORTUNY and TRIBLEY each face a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine.
The case is being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's HIDTA Task Force and the Massachusetts State Police.