US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office yesterday announced the arrest of 34-year-old Stanley Gonsalves of Sandwich. Gonsalves and his 32-year-old brother, Joshua Gonsalves of Dennisport, were charged on November 1 with participating in a large-scale drug trafficking ring reaching back to 2009.
Stanley Gonsalves was arrested in Sandwich Friday morning and his indictment was unsealed following his arrest. He was arraigned in district court in Boston and is being held until a hearing on December 4. Joshua Gonsalves is currently jailed at Barnstable County Corrections and will be brought to Boston for a hearing on November 15.
According to Ortiz's Office, the brothers were allegedly involved in a large-scale Florida-to-Massachusetts oxycodone ring in which tens of thousands of oxycodone tablets were brought to the Cape and distributed among Cape Cod drug dealers. The Gonsalves brothers are thought to be connected with John Willis and members of Willis's trafficking organization. According to the FBI, Willis's organization was separately indicted in May 2011 and the federal case against Willis is still pending.
If convicted, Stanley Gonsalves faces up to 30 years in federal prison. If convicted, younger brother Joshua faces up to 20 years. The brothers also face possible fines of $2 million, lifetime supervision after prison and forfeiture of all drug proceeds and property used to traffic oxycodone.
The joint investigation was conducted by the FBI, the DEA's Cape Cod Drug Task Force, the IRS, Massachusetts State Police, the Barnstable, Boston, Dennis, Harwich, Quincy and Sandwich Police Departments, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office and the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office.