BOSTON — A New Bedford man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine.

Alexander Gomes, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 22 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In December 2017, Gomes pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine.

On Dec. 12, 2016, Gomes accompanied co-defendant Peter Lobo to a meeting in Revere with an undercover agent posing as a Maine methamphetamine dealer. At that meeting, Lobo distributed a half pound sample of methamphetamine to the agent. Lobo then introduced Gomes, and explained that the undercover agent could meet with Gomes in the future if Lobo was out of town.

Two days later, Gomes again accompanied Lobo to Revere, where Lobo received payment from the agent of $4,000 for the half pound, and distributed an additional four pounds of methamphetamine to the agent. Lobo and Gomes were arrested shortly after they began to drive away.

At the time of their arrest, Lobo had $3,000 in his pocket and Gomes had $1,000 hidden in his sock. Subsequent drug analysis determined that the substance consisted of approximately 1,777 grams of 99% pure d-methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as “Ice.”

Lobo pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine; on Nov. 29, 2017, he was sentenced to five years in prison.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Albert Angelucci, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Office, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore B. Heinrich of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

--U.S. Attorney's Office