Monday, August 16, 2021

Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Crack Cocaine

 BOSTON – A Boston man who is allegedly a member of the St. James/Marcella gang pleaded guilty today to distributing crack cocaine.

Anthony Jackson, a/k/a “Hollywood,” 30, pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for Dec. 21, 2021. Jackson was indicted in November 2020.

Between Sept. 1, 2020 and Oct. 3, 2020, Jackson distributed crack cocaine to a cooperating witness on five occasions in Cambridge and Boston. Jackson was also found in possession of crack cocaine at the time of his arrest on Oct. 29, 2020. Jackson has prior state convictions for unlawfully carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of illegal substances.

The charge of distributing or possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elianna Nuzum of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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