BOSTON – A Harwich man was convicted today by a federal jury in Boston of firearms and drug offenses.
Timothy Fletcher, 36, was convicted of one count of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute, one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition - a Tisas, Model Regent .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, 58 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition and 60 rounds of 9mm ammunition. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for Oct. 23, 2018. Fletcher was arrested and charged in December 2015 and has been detained since.
On April 3, 2015, police executed a search warrant at a storage unit in Hyannis where they recovered, among other items, firearms, 124 rounds of ammunition, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, $1420 in cash, drug paraphernalia, two digital scales, boxes of plastic sandwich baggies, approximately 223 pairs of sneakers, and various documents containing Fletcher’s name. The firearms, firearm magazines, some of the drugs and the cash were hidden inside various sneakers and sneaker boxes. Fletcher’s fingerprints were recovered from a magazine found inside a sneaker box with the .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.
The night before the warrant was executed, Fletcher was stopped by the police and found to be in possession of the key to the storage facility and unit.
The charge of being a felon in possession provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to a lifetime in prison, a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Each drug charge provides for a sentence of no greater than 30 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $2 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Barnstable Police Chief Matthew Sonnabend; and Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.