Crime

Brockton drug dealer sentenced to 12 years in prison

A Brockton man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of leading a cross-country conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, according to the Department of Justice.

Miguel Fernandes, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments in January.

In addition to 12 years in prison, U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV sentenced Fernandes to four years of supervised release, and forfeiture of $1 million and a 2007 Ferrari that he had acquired just before his arrest.

Fernandes organized and led a drug running scheme that transported marijuana and cocaine between Los Angeles and Boston, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. While living in Los Angeles, he sent drugs — sometimes using the U.S. Postal Service’s express mail system — and used “funnel accounts” to launder the operation’s proceeds.

Fernandes’ three co-defendants — Michael Alves, 28, Alex Gomes, 26, and Nelson Teixeira, 36, all of Brockton — have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

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