Fall River, Taunton, Carver Men Among Six Indicted on Drug Charges
BOSTON (WBSM) — Six people – including men from Fall River, Taunton and Carver – were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Boston for their alleged involvement in an oxycodone trafficking organization that brought in pills from Houston, Texas and distributed them across Southeastern Massachusetts.
The individuals were arrested on July 12 and were indicted today on one count each of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone pills.
They are: Austin Gonsalves, 36, of Fall River; John Campbell, a.k.a. “Jizz,” 40, of Taunton; Michael Atwood, 36, of Carver; Kenneth Veiga, 33, of Abington; Scott Lambert, 55, of Falmouth; and Christan Russell, a.k.a. Christian Russell, a.k.a. “Bear,” 32, of Tomball, Texas.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the charging documents state that an investigation into Campbell began in April 2022 for allegedly distributing oxycodone pills. It is alleged he distributed them to Atwood and Lambert, who then redistributed them to others.
On Feb. 24, 2023 Lambert was stopped by lawn enforcement in Bourne after he allegedly met with Campbell, and 73 oxycodone pills were found hidden in a Krazy Glue container inside the vehicle.
Russell allegedly obtained oxycodone from pharmacies in Houston before bringing them to the Boston area to distribute to Veiga, who then redistributed them to Gonsalves.
The charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone pills provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $1 million.
The government also seeks to seize the following items as part of a drug forfeiture: a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS550; a 2017 BMW X6; over $998,000 in cash; an Aero Precision Model X15 pistol; a Kongsberg Norwegian M1914 pistol; a Glock 22 .40-caliber pistol; and a Taurus .44-caliber revolver.