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Feds Charge Lawrence Man with Cocaine Distribution Charges

BOSTON – A Lawrence man was arrested Wednesday and charged in federal court in Boston yesterday on cocaine distribution charges.

Anthony Rafael Corcino, 32, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, as well as with attempted possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Corcino was detained following a hearing yesterday afternoon.

On or about May 19, 2020, Corcino allegedly sought to obtain a parcel shipped to a business in Wilmington, which was subsequently found to contain 23 kilograms of cocaine.  After initially failing to obtain the drugs, Corcino had multiple communications with an undercover federal agent in which he attempted to obtain the parcel.

According to court documents, the value of 23 kilograms of cocaine is well over $500,000.

The charge of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine provides for a sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison, as well as at least five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10,000,000. The charge of attempted possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine provides for a sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10,000,000. 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; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; and Wilmington Police Chief Joseph Desmond made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Estes of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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