For Immediate Release
Springfield Man Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison for Narcotics, Money Laundering and Firearms Offenses
BOSTON - A Springfield man was sentenced in federal court in Boston today in connection to his role in a firearms, narcotics and money laundering conspiracy.
Dinelson Dinzey, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 19 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release. In May 2019, Dinzey pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine; five counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine; two counts of money laundering conspiracy; one count of conspiracy to engage in the unlicensed dealing of firearms; one count of engaging in the unlicensed dealing of firearms; and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Dinzey and seven others were charged in a superseding indictment on Dec. 21, 2018.
According to court documents, Dinzey and co-defendant Nia Moore-Bush obtained narcotics in the Springfield area, transported them to Vermont themselves or via couriers, and distributed the drugs in the Barre area, where drug prices are much higher than in Springfield.
Dinzey then conspired to launder the proceeds of the drug sales through bank accounts allegedly held by another co-defendant, Daphne Moore, in trust for Moore-Bush. Court records state that the organization would make cash deposits in Vermont, and Moore-Bush and Moore would facilitate the withdrawal of those funds from the accounts in Massachusetts. Dinzey also conspired with Moore-Bush to launder drug proceeds through the purchase of an Audi vehicle.
Dinzey also conspired with Moore-Bush and others to engage in the unlicensed dealing of firearms and in a May 5, 2017 firearms sale. According to court documents, six firearms involved in this conspiracy were traced to individuals connected to Vermont or New Hampshire. According to court records, Dinzey was convicted of felony drug offenses in state courts on three prior occasions.
Moore-Bush and Moore have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston; Massachusetts State Police; Vermont State Police; and the Montpelier (VT) and Barre (VT) Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katharine A. Wagner of Lelling’s Springfield Office and Amy Harman Burkart of Lelling’s Boston Office are prosecuting the cases.