A federal jury last week found a prominent South Coast drug dealer guilty of trafficking heroin and robbery. According to a release from the US Attorney's Office in Boston, a two-week trial resulted in a conviction against Francisco "Cisco" Monteiro of Bourne. The jury found Monteiro guilty of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, distribution of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and interference with commerce by threat or violence.
The US Attorney's Office called Monteiro a "long-time, large-scale South Coast drug trafficker". Monteiro, according to authorities, often acquired his product through armed robbery. In 2013, federal agents recorded a herion buy between Monteiro and a cooperating witness. When a second meeting was set, Monteiro reportedly robbed the witness of the buy money. Monteiro was arrested three days later with heroin, drug trafficking materials, handcuffs, brass knuckles and most of the stolen buy money.
In 2011, Monteiro reportedly relieved two Cape Cod oxycontin dealers of $225,000 intended for the purchase of 15,000 pills. Instead of handing over the pills to brothers Stanley and Joshua Gonsavles, Monteiro robbed them of the cash, according to the release.
On the charge of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, Moteiro faces a sentence of no greater than life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 10 years. For distribution of heroin and possession with intent, no more than 30 years and for interference with commerce by threat or violence, no more than 20 years, according to the US Attorney's Office. A mandatory minimum of up to 8 years to lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $8 million are also possible.
US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper set the sentencing for July 6.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Christopher Pohl and Timothy E. Moran of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Organized Crime and Gang Unit. The Barnstable County Sheriff's Office and the Barnstable, Bourne and Wareham Police Departments, along with several off Cape departments assisted in the investigation.