Fall River man convicted of involvement in drug trafficking organization in southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas and beyond – Fall River Reporter

BOSTON – A Fall River man was sentenced today for his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy involving thousands of oxycodone pills.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, Austin Gonsalves, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise Casper to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of probation. Gonsalves was also ordered to pay a fine of $16,130. In May 2024, Gonsalves pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Gonsalves was arrested and charged in July 2023 along with five others for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking organization that distributed oxycodone pills throughout southeastern Massachusetts. The defendants were subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2023.

Between at least February 2023 and May 2023, Gonsalves allegedly purchased hundreds of pills at a time from his co-defendant, Kenneth Veiga, in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars and distributed the pills to others. On one occasion alone, Gonsalves paid $22,000 to receive 800 oxycodone pills for further distribution. A search of Gonsalves' Fall River residence in July 2023 resulted in the seizure of approximately $16,000 in cash and approximately 400 oxycodone pills.

The announcement was made today by Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division Stephen Belleau, Interim Massachusetts State Police Colonel John E. Mawn Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, Boston Field Office, and Ketty Larco-Ward, Inspector of the Boston Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Special assistance was provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office, and the Barnstable, Dennis, Bourne, Mashpee, Yarmouth, Sandwich and Falmouth police departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of the Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

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