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By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
October 18, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - A New Bedford man will serve 15 years in federal prison for distributing cocaine and heroin.
John Ferreira Jr., 28, of 181 Earle St. was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns.
On June 25, Mr. Ferreira pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine and at least 100 grams of heroin, and possession with the intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine.
During the June plea hearing, prosecutors said their case proved Mr. Ferreira was a leader in a New Bedford-based cocaine and heroin distribution organization.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Mr. Ferreira was responsible for the distribution or attempted distribution of at least 16 kilograms of cocaine and more than 284 grams of heroin.
Fifteen defendants were also charged in federal court in connection with their involvement with Mr. Ferreira's drug distribution organization. Fourteen of the defendants pleaded guilty.
Earlier this year, a jury convicted Mark Jadlowe, of 30 Arch St., Dartmouth, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Mr. Jadlowe has not been sentenced. He faces 10 years mandatory in federal prison.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration's New Bedford Resident Office, the Massachusetts State Police, New Bedford police and Dartmouth police.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David G. Tobin and Neil J. Gallagher Jr. of U.S. District Attorney Michael J. Sullivan's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.
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