BOSTON – A Worcester man was convicted today by a federal jury in Worcester of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking.
Daniel Donald, 40, was convicted of one count of possession with intent to distribute over 100 grams of heroin, over 500 grams of cocaine, over 28 grams of cocaine base (a/k/a crack cocaine), and fentanyl; and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for March 1, 2022. Donald was arrested along with co-defendant Robert Young in December 2017.
In April 2017, federal law enforcement began investigating drug sales by Donald and Young on Groton Street in Worcester. On Nov. 30, 2017, a search of a “hide” between the exterior and interior walls of a building on the property resulted in the seizure of one kilogram of cocaine, 345 grams of heroin, over 80 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 200 pills containing fentanyl and a loaded 9 mm firearm.
In October 2018, Young pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, cocaine base and fentanyl and is pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. 18, 2021.
The drug charges provide for a sentence of at least 10 years and up to a lifetime in prison, at least eight years of supervised release and a fine of up to $8 million. The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon 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, Boston Field Division; and Worcester Police Chief Stephen Sargent made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office; and the Westborough, Wellesley, Douglas, and Southbridge Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Greg A. Friedholm, Chief of Mendell’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
District of Massachusetts