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Cape Cod brothers faces charges related to drug-trafficking operation

A Cape Cod man was arraigned Friday in federal court in Boston on charges that he and his brother were part of a large Oxycodone trafficking operation, the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said.

Stanley Gonsalves, 34, of Sandwich, obtained tens of thousands of Oxycodone tablets and distributed them to drug dealers on the Cape, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement. Authorities arrested him arrested in Sandwich earlier today. Joshua Gonsalves, 32, of Dennisport, is also charged in the case. He is currently detained at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility until a hearing set for Dec. 4, according to the U.S. attorney.

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Ortiz’s office said the drug-trafficking operation the Gonsalves brothers participated in began as early as 2009. They allegedly received Oxycodone tablets from a number of people, including John Willis, who the U.S. attorney’s office said led a trafficking organization that extended from Florida to Massachusetts. Willis and some members of his network were indicted last year, according to Ortiz’s office.

If convicted, the U.S. attorney’s office said, Stanley Gonsalves could be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison. Joshua Gonsalves faces up to 20 years in prison.

Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at zachary.sampson@globe.com.
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