Italian Dominican Capo sentenced to 12 years for leading drug gang in Massachusetts

EEUU. The Italian Dominican boss, Juan Anibal Patrone, 28 years old, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, for leading a gang that trafficked hundreds of kilos of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine in cities of that state.

Patrone, who according to prosecutors, led a group of 30 drug traffickers in his service, has Dominican and Italian nationality and resided in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was also sentenced to another five years on probation.

Before his arrest in raids by the DEA and other law enforcement agencies, Patrone was looking for AK-47 machine guns to buy them, told some of his subordinates that he was going to retire from the drugs to go to the Dominican Republic, where He had bought 50 thousand tasks of land, which he would plant with bananas and he had accumulated a lot of money.

He was sentenced by Judge Douglas Woodlock.

Patrone will be subject to deportation after serving his sentence, said Massachusetts federal prosecutor Andrew Lelling.

Patrone pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and 400 grams or more of fentanyl and to be a foreigner in possession of a firearm. He has been in prison since his arrest in May 2017.

A large-scale police operation dismantled two drug trafficking organizations in Lawrence, one run by Patrone, and the other by Santos Ramón González Nivar (also a Dominican). González Nivar was one of the sources that supplied drugs to Patrone.

Patrone and 28 other accomplices were arrested, including González Nivar and nine members of his organization. González Nivar pleaded guilty and was sentenced on September 21, 2018 to 11 years and three months in prison.

Patrone ran the organization as a company, prosecutors said.

He bought drugs from suppliers, including Domingo Gonzalez Martinez, who sold Patrone outside the Corniel market in Lawrence.

Patrone paid the rent for houses in which he kept drug spots, including one at 277 Merrimack Street and another at 20 Cambridge Street in Lawrence. He paid his brother, Josué Moisés Patrone González and Oscar Marcano to prepare the drugs and administer the points.

Patrone also directed a group that delivered the drugs, including some who worked as taxi drivers, such as Luis Lugo and Leonel Vives, and others who sold on the streets, such as Daniel Díaz and Andruery Faña Burgos, telling them where to go and who to see. Patrone directed his redistributors where to go to buy narcotics to distribute.

The redistributors include Matthew Shover, Stacey Littlefield, Lacey Picariello, Reynaldo Durán Lora and Rafael Arce. Some of them came from the states of New Hampshire and Maine to obtain drugs and traffic them out of Massachusetts, prosecutor Lelling said.

Patrone also paid Euclides Alcántara to register and insure his fleet of vehicles with false names and bring drug profits to the Dominican Republic.

Patrone was discussing the growth of his drug business with others, including family members, prosecutor Lelling said.

In the intercepted calls, he admitted that he had worked in the business for seven years and wanted to return to the Dominican Republic, where he planned to leave the drug business and live well, according to federal prosecutors.

The researchers learned of these calls that Patrone’s assets are mainly in the Dominican Republic. The Government has undertaken efforts to seize and confiscate Patrone’s property as part of the sentence.


Patrone, who also used text messaging to sell drugs to his clients, sought to buy two semi-automatic AK-47 rifles and had as his goal to become a banana producer, with the objective of planting 50,000 plants, when he returned to the Dominican Republic, where He bought a farm, according to the affidavit of a special agent of the DEA assigned to the investigation.

He used the aliases of Juan Aníbal, Juan Aníbal Patrone González, Flaco, Popo and Carlos Patrone.

The feds say that in telephone conversations recorded to Patrone in his drug transactions, he frequently referred to “thieves” and that he wanted to continue using his “new tool” in reference to text messages to supply the drug to the buyers.

In another of the conversations that he recorded on May 10, he told the interlocutor that he was interested in buying AK-47 rifles at good prices and that he had rejected an offer above $ 1,800 dollars, so he considered that the weapons They were offering it are very expensive.

“Patrone considered that the weapons were too expensive and did not buy them,” DEA agent Garth Hamelin said in an affidavit filed in federal court.

Using a series of telephone tapes, investigators listened attentively over the past year as Patrone said what he was going to do with the wealth he amassed illegally, according to the federal agent’s statement.

“I’m out of here, I’m leaving … I’ll never sell drugs again in my life,” said Patron

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