SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to charges related to firearms, narcotics, and money laundering conspiracy.
According to U.S. Attorney, Andrew Lelling, 35-year-old Dinelson Dinzey, and seven others were charged in an indictment on December 21, 2018.
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Lelling said Dinzey and Nia Moore-Bush got narcotics in the Springfield area, took the drugs to Vermont or had someone else take the drugs, and then distributed the drugs in the Barre area where drug prices are higher.
Dinzey then allegedly conspired to launder the money he made by drug sales through bank accounts held by Daphne Moore, in trust for Moore-Bush. They would then allegedly make cash deposits in Vermont, and Moor and Moore-Bush would take the money out of the accounts in Massachusetts.
He also allegedly conspired with Moore-Bush to launder drug money through the purchase of an Audi.
Additionally, Dinzey allegedly conspired with Moore-Bush and others to sell unlicensed firearms and took part in a firearms sale on May 5, 2017. Lelling said federal agents were able to trace six firearms involved in the conspiracy to people in New Hampshire or Vermont.
One of the charges Dinzey pleaded guilty to was being a felon in possession of firearms in May of 2017. He had previously been convicted of felony drug offenses in Massachusetts courts on three prior occasions.
Dinzey pleaded guilty to the following charges:
- 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
- conspiracy to engage in the unlicensed dealing of firearms
- engaging in the unlicensed dealing of firearms
- being a felon in possession of a firearm