By Gangsters Inc. Editors
Three men have been sentenced to decades in prison for their roles in a Cape Cod drug trafficking organization that distributed heroin throughout the Cape Cod and Pawtucket, R.I., regions. The men committed a violent kidnapping recorded on video and worked together to shoot at a Hyannis man over a drug debt.
33-year-old Edwin Otero (photo above), of Hyannis, was sentenced on May 18, 2023 to 38 years in prison. On May 16, 2023, Justin Joseph, 35, of Pawtucket, R.I., was sentenced by Judge Burroughs to 30 years in prison; and Anthony Basilici, 39, of Pawtucket, was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.
On January 26, 2023, after a week-long trial, Basilici was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; possession and discharge of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime; kidnapping conspiracy; witness intimidation; and witness retaliation conspiracy. On January 18, 2023, the day jury selection began, Otero and Joseph pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; possession and discharge of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime; kidnapping conspiracy; and witness retaliation conspiracy.
Rhode Island kidnapping
In 2018, an investigation began into a Cape Cod-wide drug trafficking organization led by Edwin Otero (right). The investigation revealed that Otero, Joseph, Basilici and others distributed large quantities of heroin throughout Cape Cod, including in Hyannis, Mashpee, Centerville, Osterville and in Pawtucket, R.I.
In April 2019, Otero, Joseph, and Basilici lured a victim from Massachusetts to Rhode Island where they kidnapped and held him, stripped him naked, assaulted him with a hammer and threatened to rape him. Otero, Joseph, Basilici and other co-conspirators threatened physical injury to the victim to retaliate against him because they believed he was cooperating with law enforcement.
Basilici recorded the assault and kidnapping on a cell phone which Otero and Basilici used to further intimidate other witnesses after the kidnapping. In May 2019, Otero, Joseph and Basilici armed themselves with guns and worked together to shoot at a Hyannis man over a drug debt owed to Otero.
Otero, Joseph and Basilici were initially charged along with eight others in May 2019 on the drug conspiracy charges. In connection with those arrests, heroin, packaging materials, scales, a finger press as well as three firearms and ammunition including a 9 millimeter assault-style weapon were seized from Otero’s grandmother’s residence.
In March 2020, Otero, Joseph, Basilici and two others – Cameron Cartier and Albert Lee – were indicted in connection with the violent kidnapping and related charges.
In addition to the sentencings discussed above, a fourth defendant, Tony Johnson, 39, of Hyannis, was sentenced on May 18, 2023 to 75 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring with Otero and others to distribute heroin.
All 13 defendants charged in this indictment have now been sentenced.
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