A South Shore drug dealer described by authorities as "violent" and "high level" was sentenced to 250 months in prison Wednesday. According to a release from the Office of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, 34-year-old Francisco "Cisco" Monteiro of Bourne, was sentenced in connection with the robbery of two fellow Cape drug dealers and other "narcotics crimes" by US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper.
"The Monteiro Drug Trafficking Organization has been in operation for many years, poisoning the streets of the South Coast and Cape Cod with heroin," said Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson of the New England Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). "These are not low level incidents related to the throws of addiction These were calculated, criminal acts committed by violent drug offenders."
In 2014 Monteiro was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and interference with commerce by threat or violence (drug robbery). In 2013 Monteiro was recorded saying he would provide a large quantity of heroin to a cooperating witness, then recorded selling 100 grams of heroin to that witness. When authorities attempted to set up a second buy, Monteiro stole the "buy money" from the witness. Three days later, authorities seized the heroin and most of the money, the release said.
Prior to the 2013 theft, while under house arrest in 2011, Monteiro and his associates lured two Cape oxycontin dealers, the Gonsalves Brothers, to a meeting where the brothers thought they would be buying 15,000 oxycontin pills from Monteiro. Instead, Monteiro robbed Stanley and Joshua Gonsalves of $225,000, according to US Attorney Ortiz.
Monteiro's associates, Manuel Lopes and Henry Parsons were both sentenced earlier this year to 188 months and 66 months, respectively.
The Gonsalves Brothers were also sentenced earlier this year, Joshua to 20 years and Stanley to 25 years on money laundering and oxycontin dealing charges.
The case was investigated by the DEA, MA State Police and the Attleboro and Taunton police with the assistance of the Bourne and Bristol County Sheriff's Offices and the Barnstable, Bourne, Fairhaven, Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham Police Departments. The case of prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Christopher Pohl and Timothy E. Moran of US Attorney Ortiz's Organized Crime and Gang Unit, the release said.