Editor's note: The following is from the United States Attorney's office in Boston.
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Boston - A Somerville man pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges stemming from his involvement in a drug conspiracy.
John Thibedeau, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and four counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. In September 2011, Thibedeau, along with co-conspirators Sean Williamson, William Zuluaga and Gerard Harrington, were indicted. Harrington and Williamson are former Postal Service employees who worked out of the Somerville Post Office.
The prosecutor told the Court that the government’s evidence included five video and audio recordings of the four co-conspirators conducting their drug transactions beginning in May 2011, and continuing through Sept. 30, 2011, the date of Thibedeau’s arrest.
Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. set sentencing for July 14, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Thibedeau faces up to 20 years in prison to be followed by at least three years of supervised release and up to a $1 million fine on each count.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Rafael Medina, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Ortiz’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.