BOSTON — A Dennis man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with a heroin trafficking operation on Cape Cod.

Jason Mello, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In May 2017, Mello pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

Mello was charged as part of a federal investigation into the “Nauti-Block” gang, led by Denzel Chisholm, Christian Chapman and Christopher Wilkins, that resulted in the indictment of 19 individuals. These gang leaders obtained heroin from New Bedford, and other areas, and distributed the heroin to numerous drug dealers on Cape Cod, including Mello.

On Sept. 18, 2017, Wilkins was sentenced to nine years in prison; on Sept. 15, 2017, Chisholm was sentenced to 342 months in prison; and on July 12, 2017, Chapman was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe; and Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric S. Rosen and Miranda Hooker of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

--U.S. Attorney's Office

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