Worcester Woman Pleads Guilty to Role in Two Methamphetamine Conspiracies

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BOSTON – A Worcester woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Worcester to methamphetamine charges.

Mindy Doherty, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts of methamphetamine conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for May 20, 2019.  

In 2016, Doherty accepted packages of methamphetamine at her Worcester residence and wired money to an individual in California who was involved in the scheme. Doherty also shipped methamphetamine to Brian Zukowski, a co-conspirator who was in Florida, via Federal Express and U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail. Doherty sold methamphetamine to various individuals in Massachusetts and wired a portion of the proceeds to Zukowski or deposited proceeds into Zukowski’s bank account.

As part of a separate conspiracy, Doherty accepted packages of methamphetamine at her Worcester residence on behalf of another co-conspirator, Adam Germano, and subsequently provided a portion of this methamphetamine to Germano. Doherty traveled with Germano to Texas to acquire methamphetamine, and she carried thousands of dollars of cash on the flight. Doherty also wired money to Germano to be used for the acquisition of methamphetamine in Texas and Nevada. Even after Germano was arrested in March 2017, Doherty continued to distribute methamphetamine in and around Worcester.

Germano and Zukowski have pleaded guilty to methamphetamine-related charges. In November 2018, Zukowski was sentenced to 28 months in prison. Germano is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow.

Doherty faces a mandatory five years and up to life in prison, a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $10 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.   

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; and Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely of Lelling’s Criminal Division is prosecuting the case.