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Bristol sheriff’s captain indicted in ‘Codfather’ case

A captain in the Bristol County sheriff’s office has been charged with helping Carlos Rafael, the New Bedford fishing magnate who was convicted of tax evasion and flouting fishing quotas, to smuggle profits to Portugal, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Jamie Melo, 45, of Dartmouth was indicted Wednesday on charges of bulk cash smuggling, structuring, and conspiracy. He had already been arrested and charged in a complaint in August, the US attorney’s office in Boston said in a statement.

Rafael, whose brash style earned him the moniker “The Codfather,” allegedly told undercover agents that he smuggled his ill-gotten gains to Portugal, sometimes by himself and sometimes using others.

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Rafael was sentenced last month to nearly four years of prison. He told a judge he mislabeled 700,000 pounds of fish not out of greed, but to protect workers.

“This is the stupidest thing I ever did,” he said in a statement read by his lawyer.