News Release
April 6, 2006

Fitchburg Man Sentenced to 3 Years, 10 Months, for Selling Crack

APR 6-- Worcester, MA... A Fitchburg man was sentenced yesterday in federal court for selling crack cocaine.

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and announced today that GERALDO AVILES, age 22, of 223 Mechanic Street in Fitchburg, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV, to 3 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release. AVILES pleaded guilty to 1 count of distributing cocaine base, also known as crack, on November 3, 2005.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that on September 28, 2004, AVILES sold 26.8 grams of crack cocaine for $1100.

AVILES was one of several individuals charged in May of 2005 in a series of cases investigated by the DEA's Mobile Enforcement Team ("MET") which had been working in cooperation with the Fitchburg Police Department and the North Worcester Drug Task Force since September 2004. Their focus was on the distribution of various controlled substances, including cocaine, crack, heroin and ecstasy in Fitchburg and surrounding areas. As a result of their cooperative efforts, a total of forty individuals were charged either in federal or state court (eleven federal and twenty-nine state).

The case was investigated by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.