Seven people were charged with conspiring to distribute oxycodone on the South Shore, federal prosecutors said Monday.
Steven Dunn, 47, of Brockton; Robert Henriques, 55, of Brockton; Jodi Kilday, 46, of Brockton; Jose Silva, 34, of Whitman; Gail Fitzgibbons, 30, of Abington; Gennaro “Jerry” Dellatorre, 35, of Abington; and Adam Roberts, 29, of Brockton, were charged in federal court Monday in the alleged conspiracy, the US attorney’s office said in a statement.
If convicted, the defendants would each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, with lifetime supervised release, and a $1 million fine, prosecutors said.
In a 72-page affidavit filed in US District Court in Boston, State Trooper Christopher P. Boyle summarized an eight-month investigation overseen by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
Investigators tapped the defendants’ telephones, followed them as they made their business deals, and collected images from surveillance cameras in the Brockton area, the affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, the drugs sold were usually Oxycodone. The drugs were sometimes sold from stores or other places where the alleged drug dealers worked, including a 7-Eleven convenience store in Abington where Fitzgibbons worked, prosecutors said.
Investigators allegedly captured on audiotape negotiations over price between suppliers and street-level dealers, as well as indications that some defendants fit their drug sales around the daily schedules of their children.
One of the targets allegedly drove around the South Shore in a car with the vanity license plate RUNDMC. In court papers, authorities alleged that the ring poured wholesale amounts of the powerful painkiller into the illegal drug market.
“These arrests demonstrate the commitment of DEA and our law enforcement partners in targeting and bringing to justice those responsible for illegally supplying and distributing oxycodone in our neighborhoods,” said John Arvanitis, special agent in charge of the Boston office of the DEA.
“We are steadfast in our commitment to assisting communities who suffer through the abuse of diverted prescription medicines,” he said in the US attorney’s office statement.
US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said the investigation involved “unprecedented cooperation” between federal, state, and local authorities, “which reached from Southeastern Massachusetts to New York to Florida.”
Kilday was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond and was ordered not to return to work at a bar, where, the court noted, some of the criminal activity allegedly took place.
Fitzgibbons was also released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.
Prosecutors moved for detention of the others, who are being held by US marshals. Hearings are slated Thursday, a spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office said.