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News Release
August 18, 2003

Crack Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to
262 Months in Prison

Boston, MA…A long-time resident of Dorchester's Franklin Hill neighborhood was sentenced Friday, August 15, 2003, in federal court for distribution of crack cocaine.

Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; Colonel Thomas J. Foley, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Paul Evans, Commissioner of the Boston Police Department; Stephen Melia, Deputy Chief of the Boston Housing Authority Police; and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, announced that David MACKINNON, a/k/a "Ovid," age 45, of Dorchester, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel to 21 years and 10 months in prison, to be followed by 8 years of supervised release. MACKINNON had previously pleaded guilty to one count of distributing more than five grams of cocaine base, commonly referred to as "crack."

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 MACKINNON sold crack cocaine to a DEA undercover agent on August 2, 2001, in the parking lot of a Burger King located on Cummings Highway in Mattapan.

This case was part of a larger investigation of crack cocaine trafficking in and around Dorchester's Franklin Hill Housing Project. Over a two-year period, state and federal law enforcement agents made more than 60 undercover and controlled purchases of crack cocaine from dealers operating in the area of the project. To date, the case has resulted in the conviction of 10 individuals in federal court.

The investigation was conducted under the auspices of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force ("OCDETF"). The OCDETF Program is a combined effort by numerous federal agencies dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of the most serious drug offenders in the District of Massachusetts. This case was the result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Boston Police Department, the Boston Housing Authority Police Department, and police with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Press Contact: Anthony J. Pettigrew, (617) 557-2138


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