Boston – Federal agents and task force officers today arrested a long-time Cape Cod drug trafficker and are lodging a federal detainer against his brother.

Stanley Gonsalves, 34, of Sandwich, and Joshua Gonzales, 32, of Dennisport, were charged on Nov. 1, 2012, with participating in a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy which began as early as 2009. The indictment was unsealed today after Stanley Gonsalves’s arrest in Sandwich this morning. Stanley Gonsalves was arraigned on the charges in district court in Boston this afternoon, and is being detained in custody until a hearing to be held on Dec. 4, 2012. Joshua Gonsalves, who is in state custody at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, will be brought to Boston for an initial court appearance on Nov. 15, 2012.

The government alleges that the Gonsalves brothers obtained tens of thousands of Oxycodone tablets from, among others, John Willis and other members of Willis’s Florida-to- Massachusetts Oxycodone trafficking organization. Willis’s organization was separately indicted in May 2011. The federal case against Willis is still pending. The pills obtained by the Gonsalves brothers from Willis and other sources were then distributed to various Cape Cod drug dealers for sale to individuals.

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