Following a month-long trial in federal court, two Cape Cod brothers were convicted in an oxycodone trafficking scheme. According to a release from US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office, Stanley D. Gonsalves, 36, of Sandwich, and Joshua M. Gonsalves, 34, of Dennisport, were found guilty of trafficking hundreds of thousands of 30-milligram oxycodone pills to Cape Cod. A venture that generated more than $5 million over three years.
Stanley Gonsalves was convicted of oxycodone trafficking, possessing a firearm to further oxycodone trafficking, money laundering and 17 substantive money laundering charges. The money laundering charges stem from the purchase of two Mercedes vehicles and property on Hoover Road in West Yarmouth, according to the release.
Joshua Gonsalves was convicted of oxycodone trafficking, money laundering and a substantive money laundering charge for the purchase of a Cadillac.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years for the oxycodone trafficking, money laundering and laundering concealment and 10 years for unlawful monetary transaction laundering. Stanley Gonsalves also faces a mandatory consecutive sentence of five years for the firearm charge.
In addition to prison time, the jury required the forfeiture of the Hoover Road property and money judgments totaling $5,074,575, according to the release.
Over the course of the trial, witnesses testified about the tens of thousands of oxycodone pills transported from Florida to New England by various means. When the pills arrived in New England, they would be divided and delivered to the Cape to be sold to local dealers.
Millions of dollars in drug proceeds were used to restock and purchase more oxycodone for distribution on Cape.
The case against the Gonsalves brothers reportedly began in Chinatown in 2009. The investigation was then focused on John (White Devil) Willis, the one-time supplier to the Gonsalves brothers. Willis is currently serving a 20-year sentence, according to the release.
Sentencing for the brothers was scheduled by US District Chief Judge Patti B. Saris for January 16, 2015.
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 in addition to law enforcement agencies in South Carolina and Florida. The case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Richard L. Hoffman and Timothy E. Moran.