For Immediate Release - February 06, 2013

Rossetti Associate Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Six to Eight Years in Prison for Heroin Trafficking, Other Drug Charges

BOSTON – A Revere man associated with alleged mob captain Mark Rossetti has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to six to eight years in state prison in connection with heroin trafficking and other related drug charges, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. 

Yasmani Quezada, age 32, of Revere, pleaded guilty Monday in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of Trafficking in Heroin, Conspiracy to Traffic in Heroin, and Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine. After the plea was entered, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Raymond Brassard sentenced Quezada to six to eight years in state prison, with two years of probation to serve upon his release.

“As a top player in a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise, this defendant sold drugs on a daily basis to a large volume of drug customers,” AG Coakley said. “We will continue to collaborate with state and local law enforcement, as we did in this case, to take defendants such as this one off our streets and further ensure public safety in our communities.”

Today’s sentence is the result of a multi-agency targeted investigation into a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that operated throughout eastern Massachusetts. The investigation began in 2009 and was conducted jointly by the Attorney General’s Office, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Special Service Section.

In October 2010, AG Coakley, DA Blodgett, and retired Colonel Marian J. McGovern, former superintendent of the State Police, announced the indictments of 31 individuals in connection with this highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that involved extortion, drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and other crimes. 

The suspected leader of the criminal network, Rossetti, was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in connection with organizing this criminal network involved in extortion, drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and other crimes. As the investigation developed and crimes outside of Essex County were identified, DA Blodgett and AG Coakley collaborated resources, leading to one of the first and most successful uses of the Statewide Grand Jury, which heard evidence for five months, much of it gathered utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques.  Investigators and prosecutors developed evidence against Rossetti and other individuals associated with the criminal organization and dismantled it. To date, nearly 20 defendants have been found guilty in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk and Plymouth counties.

Utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques, investigators and prosecutors developed evidence against Rossetti and other individuals associated with the criminal organization and identified Yasmani Quezada as Rossetti’s associate. The investigation revealed that Quezada sold heroin and conspired with others to sell heroin, cocaine and other controlled substances. Quezada would advertise the high potency of his heroin by telling customers about how many people had overdosed from using it. 

Quezada was arrested and subsequently arraigned in Chelsea District Court in May 2010. In July 2010, Quezada was indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury and arraigned in August 2010. Quezada pleaded guilty on Monday to the drug charges and was sentenced to six to eight years in state prison, with two years of probation upon his release. He will serve his sentence concurrently with a Breaking and Entering sentence also given in Suffolk Superior in July 2012, after he and Rossetti were found guilty in connection with ordering a home break-in in Roslindale to steal heroin and money. Quezada was sentenced to four-and-a-half to seven years in state prison.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Patrick Hanley and Marina Moriarty, of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes, with assistance from Dean Mazzone, Chief of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division. Essex County First Assistant District Attorney John Dawley is prosecuting all defendants charged in Essex County. Shannon Legrice of the AG’s Victim/Witness Services Division and paralegal Lindsay Bonda, from the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, also assisted in the case. It was investigated by the Special Service Section of the Massachusetts State Police, the Essex District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from various local police departments, most prominently with respect to this defendant, the Drug Control Unit of the Revere Police Department.

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