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BOSTON – A Stoughton man with ties to the Orchard Gardens housing development in Roxbury pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to drug trafficking charges.

Dashawn Matthews, 31, pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base (also known as crack cocaine). U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for April 6, 2021.

During an investigation into drug trafficking and violence in the Orchard Gardens housing development, a cooperating witness and an undercover police officer made eight purchases of fentanyl, crack cocaine or both from Matthews. In total, between May and August 2019, Matthews distributed approximately 120 grams of fentanyl and 98 grams of crack cocaine. Most of the sales took place a short distance away from the Orchard Gardens housing development.

The charge of distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine base provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew Lelling; Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Pohl of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

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