Two Plead Guilty in Methamphetamine Conspiracy
BOSTON – Two drug traffickers pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to their roles in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.
William Velez, 40, of Boston, and Mark Daileanes, 53, of Litchfield, N.H., pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Daileanes also pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2022 and July 27, 2022, respectively. The defendants were indicted in May 2021, along with two other defendants, Andrew Lunn and Anthony Elwell.
On four occasions between June and September 2020, Lunn sold pure methamphetamine to a cooperating witness in amounts ranging from 100 to almost 280 grams. Velez supplied Lunn with the methamphetamine for each of those deals. For one of the deals, in July 2020, Elwell provided Daileanes with money to purchase 280 grams of methamphetamine from Lunn.
Lunn pleaded guilty on Dec. 16, 2021. Elwell has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial
The charges of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and distribution each provide 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 million. The charge of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine 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 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division, made the announcement today. The New Hampshire State Police and the Everett, Nashua (N.H), Merrimack (N.H.), Litchfield (N.H), and Manchester (N.H.) Police Departments provided valuable assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alathea Porter of Rollins’ Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the charging document are allegations. The remaining defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.