Second of Three Brockton Brothers Sentenced for Massive Drug Operation
BOSTON — Another of three brothers from Brockton has been sentenced for his role in the family's large drug-dealing ring that trafficked a variety of narcotics across southeastern Massachusetts.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said 28-year-old Cody Goncalves was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison followed by four years of probation after pleading guilty last year to drug conspiracy and firearms charges.
He and his brothers Tony and Djuna Goncalves sold fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana out of their family home on Addison Avenue in an operation that reached from Boston to Brockton to Cape Cod.
Tony was sentenced last week to two and a half years in prison for his role in the drug trafficking ring, while Djuna, the group's leader, is set to be sentenced on June 30.
Cody is also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
The three brothers worked with 14 others caught and indicted as part of the wide-ranging operation.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, authorities began investigating the Brockton drug crew in the fall of 2018.
Investigators found that the Goncalves brothers distributed large quantities of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana across the region from their Addison Avenue base of operations.
Authorities seized large quantities of heroin, fentanyl and cash as well as a loaded firearm from Cody during the drugs bust.
Cody had previously been convicted of illegally possessing a firearm and distributing drugs while on pre-trial release from a state drug charge.
“Cody Goncalves played a major role in running a drug trafficking operation that, for years, fueled violent crime in the community — plaguing the surrounding neighborhood with murder and gunfire,” said U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins.
“Thanks to the collaborative and dogged work between our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, this dangerous drug hub has been shuttered."
She added, "To those who seek to make a living off peddling deadly drugs, let me be clear: you will be identified, prosecuted and held accountable to the fullest extent of federal law.”
“While they turned a profit, people and their families were tormented by the forces of drug use and addiction,” said Matthew Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge for the Homeland Security Investigations New England Field Office. “HSI is committed to dismantling and disrupting drug trafficking operations to stop the flow of drugs into New England."
Brian Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's New England Division, commented: "DEA’s top priority is combatting the opioid epidemic by working with our local, county, state and federal partners to bring to justice anyone who distributes this poison.”