Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

August 20, 2015

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: (617) 557-2100

Five North Shore Individuals Charged With Oxycodone Distribution

BOSTON - Five individuals were charged in U.S. District Court in Boston with distributing oxycodone throughout the North Shore. 

Joseph Romano, 38, of Peabody; Anthony Panarese, 35 of Peabody; Paul Williams, 51, of Malden; David Turner, Sr., 55, of Peabody; and Ashley Turner, 26, of Peabody, where arrested this morning and charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone, a highly-addictive controlled substance used to treat severe pain. 

According to the criminal complaint, since March 2014, the defendants conspired to distribute oxycodone.  Physical and court-authorized electronic (i.e., wiretaps and GPS tracking devices) were used to establish that Panarese and Williams were supplying Romano with oxycodone nearly every week.  David Turner, Sr. and Ashley Turner were oxycodone pill customers of Romano who also redistributed oxycodone pills supplied by Romano or one of Ramon’s suppliers, such as Williams, to “street” oxycodone users.  During the investigation, law enforcement officers completed controlled purchases and seized approximately 950 oxycodone pills from the defendants. 

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $1 million.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Peabody Police Chief Thomas M. Griffin; and Danvers Police Chief Patrick Ambrose, made the announcement  
The details contained in the charging document are allegations.  The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the court of law. 

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