Cape Cod gang leader and associate convicted in heroin trafficking case

BOSTON – A federal jury last Friday convicted Denzel Chisholm, 26,, a leader of the Nauti-Block gang in Hyannis, and Molly London, 33, of numerous federal drug charges, following a nine-day trial.

Chisholm, of West Yarmouth, and London, of Hyannis, were convicted of various drug charges related to their roles in a heroin and fentanyl trafficking operation on Cape Cod.

Chisholm was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, nine counts of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and conspiracy to distribute suboxone into MCI-Norfolk prison.

London was convicted of aiding and abetting Chisholm and maintaining a residence for drug purposes. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris scheduled sentencing forSept. 15, 2017.

On April 5, 2016, following a nearly eight-month long investigation, 13 members of the Cape Cod-based Nauti-Block gang were arrested on federal drug trafficking and firearms charges. Two subsequent superseding indictments brought the total number of defendants charged in the case to 19.

Chisholm distributed massive quantities of heroin throughout lower Cape Cod. He used other individuals to store and deliver the heroin, then sold it to numerous co-conspirators.

London allowed Chisholm to store and distribute heroin from her home. During a search of her home, 77 grams of heroin were found in a Starbucks cup and a 55-pound package of mannitol (a heroin cutting agent) was found by her bed.

Previously intercepted text messages and phone calls indicated that London made her home available to Chisholm just before Chisholm engaged in heroin transactions.

In addition to Chisholm and London, 16 co-conspirators have pleaded guilty to various drug distribution and conspiracy charges.

Chisholm and co-defendant Tyrone Gomes also face state charges for the 2015 murder of Christine Ferreira at a rest stop on Route 6 on Cape Cod.

The charge of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and up to life in prison, a minimum of 10 years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $10 million.

The charges of possession of 100 grams or more of heroin with the intent to distribute provide for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, eight years to life of supervised release, and a fine of up to $8 million.

The charges of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute provide for a sentence of no greater than 30 years in prison, a minimum of six years to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $2 million.

The charge of aiding and abetting the possession of heroin with the intent to distribute provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $1 million.

The charge of maintaining a premises for drug purposes provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $500,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


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