FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2006
Woman Sentenced To 8 Years
MA... A Bourne, MA, woman was sentenced yesterday in federal court
conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.
June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration
New England and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan , announced today
that CARMENFIGUEROA, age 27, formerly of 90 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA, was
sentenced to 8 years’imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years’ of
supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Young.FIGUEROA was convicted of
conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute, cocaine base, also known as
crack cocaine, on May 20, 2005, after a 12 day jury trial.
The evidence at trial showed that FIGUEROA and co-defendants Manuel Mendes,
Christopher Carmen, Desiree Alves, William Tejeda, Jennifer Pavao and Christopher
were distributing approximately 500 grams of crack cocaine in the Hyannis area
every ten days from approximately January 2003 through March 2004. The leader
of the Massachusetts-end ofthe conspiracy was Manuel Mendes, who had been at
the time incarcerated at the Plymouth House of Corrections. Mendes was able
to run his organization through the assistance of FIGUEROA, whom he instructed
from prison as to what should be done in the drug trade.
FIGUEROA was responsible for virtually every aspect of the conspiracy. The
evidence showed that she picked up the crack from Tejeda, who was the source
of supply in New York City, she repackaged the crack with the help of Alves,
she handled the drug money, she took calls from customers, and stored the drugs
and money in her residence, in which two children resided. The evidence also
showed that on March 26, 2004, FIGUEROA possessed $12, 500 in cash which she
gave to Custer in order for him to drive to New York to pick up a new supply
of crack. On that day, Custer, Tejeda and Pavao were arrested in New York with
the money and almost 500 grams of crack. FIGUEROA remained in Hyannis, and was
FIGUEROA is the last defendant to be sentenced in this case. In April, 2006,
sentenced to 35 years’ incarceration, Tejeda was sentenced to 20 years’ incarceration,
Custer was sentenced to 25 years’ incarceration. Alves and Pavao both
received sentences of 3 years for their role in the conspiracy.
The case was investigated by the by members of the DEA’s Cape Cod Task
Force along with the Barnstable, Yarmouth and Bourne Police Departments; the
Massachusetts State Police; DEA - New York Division, and the Plymouth County
Sheriff’s Office. The DEA’s
Cape Cod Task Force is led by the DEA and comprised of members from the Bourne,
Dennis, Mashpee, Plymouth and Wareham Police Departments.