BOSTON – A leader of the Cape Cod-based Nauti-Block gang was sentenced Monday in federal court in Boston for trafficking large quantities of heroin and cocaine, a firearm offense, and laundering approximately $200,000 in drug proceeds.
Christopher Wilkins, 29, of Hyannis, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to nine years in prison and four years of supervised release. In May 2017, Wilkins pleaded guilty to nine counts of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and distribution of heroin; one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine; one count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute; one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
Wilkins is one of three leaders of the Nauti-Block gang that operated on Cape Cod from approximately 2010 until early 2015. Wilkins, Denzel Chisholm, and Christian Chapman were responsible for multiple kilograms’ worth of heroin distributed on Cape Cod. Wilkins distributed heroin to other drug dealers and to heroin users on nearly a daily basis.
In addition, on March 7, 2016, Wilkins attempted to obtain a firearm from a co-defendant in exchange for 10 grams of heroin. The firearm was recovered before it could be passed to Wilkins. Wilkins also laundered over $200,000 in narcotics proceeds by depositing the drug money into bank accounts set up in his wife’s name, thereby concealing the origin and source of the funds.
On Sept. 15, 2017, Chisholm was sentenced to 342 months in prison; and on July 12, 2017, Chapman was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe; and Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald made the announcement Monday. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric S. Rosen and Miranda Hooker of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit are prosecuting the cases.