Peabody man among oxycodone guilty pleas

June 9, 2017

By ADAM SWIFT

BOSTON – A Peabody man was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Boston for distributing oxycodone throughout the North Shore area along with eight others.

Joseph Romano, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to four years in prison and three years supervised release. In March 2017, Romano pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone.  

In March 2014, federal investigators began tracking the activities of Romano and his co-defendants. Through surveillance and a cooperating source, investigators were able to make controlled purchases of oxycodone from Romano and his associates, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Co-defendants Anthony Panarese, Jarod Presterone, and Paul Williams were oxycodone suppliers, and on roughly a weekly basis, Romano contacted each of them separately to arrange meetings to obtain oxycodone pills for redistribution.  

At times, Romano also met with Eric Vaughn, who delivered pills to Romano for his personal use.  Romano consumed some of the pills and distributed the remainder to various people, including Ashley Turner, Sans Milbury and Marcelle Milbury, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

In addition, when Romano went on vacation in June 2015, Turner handled distribution for him, during which time Williams supplied oxycodone pills to Turner’s father, David Turner Sr., who then delivered them to his daughter, Ashley.    

Panarese has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 46 months in prison; Marcelle Milbury also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in prison.

Sans Milbury graduated from the RISE program, sponsored by the court, and was sentenced to three years probation.

Co-defendants Presterone, Vaughn, Ashley Turner, David Turner Sr. and Williams, have all pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.