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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced indictments against two men from Worcester, Massachusetts for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute drugs, including fentanyl. Daniel Donald and Robert Young each stand accused of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and cocaine base. Donald had two additional charges filed against him, possession with intent to distribute as well as a firearm charge.

Telegram.com reported that law enforcement picked the defendants up while executing a search warrant on November 30, 2017 during which the police seized dozens of pills containing fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine,, and a loaded 9mm firearm. The investigation began in April of that year after complaints of suspicious activity by neighbors at the apartment complex. Court records revealed that federal investigators tracked both defendants with GPS technology and made controlled buys using confidential sources. In the criminal complaint filed in court, both Donald and Young admitted to their roles after being informed of their rights at the police station. Donald told the investigators that he had purchased 2,000 fentanyl pills from an addict for $10,000, but was having difficulty selling them so he enlisted Young and another woman to help sell the drugs.

If convicted, Young could spend up to 40 years in prison. The drug charges against Donald means he faces anywhere between five and 40 years in prison and the firearm charge carries a potential sentence of 15 years to life. The prosecutor for this case is Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg A. Friedholm, Chief of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office.