BOSTON – A Worcester man was arrested and charged today for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine disguised as counterfeit Adderall pills.
Nestiano Kristo, 20, of Worcester, was charged by criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Following an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. District Court Chief Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley, Kristo was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for June 30, 2021.
According to the charging document, over the course of two months, Kristo allegedly sold significant quantities of counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine, cocaine and suspected fentanyl to an undercover law enforcement officer. Specifically, on May 10, 2021, Kristo allegedly sold approximately 1,000 counterfeit Adderall pills containing 355 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine to the undercover law enforcement officer. Today, agents recovered over 50,000 suspected counterfeit Adderall pills which are estimated to have a combined weight of over 17 kilograms, approximately one kilogram of suspected cocaine and three firearms, one of which was modified into a fully automatic weapon, from Kristo’s residence.
The charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Friedholm of Mendell’s Worcester Branch Unit is prosecuting the case.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
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