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BOSTON, Mass. - Three Lynn residents were charged today in federal court with conspiring to distribute heroin and distributing heroin.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division, announced today that ERIC SERRANO, a/k/a Francis Soto, a/k/a Cesar Gonzales, a/k/a Carlos Bello, a/k/a “Ritchie,” a/k/a “Chara” (“CHARA”), 30; LUIS SOTO, a/k/a Arcadia Aquavivas, a/k/a “Tony” (“SOTO”), 36; and SORAYA AGRAMONTE (“AGRAMONTE”), 25, all of Lynn, Mass., were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin.

The Indictment alleges that CHARA, SOTO and AGRAMONTE participated in a conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin from in or about December 2009 through in or about April 2010. The Indictment further alleges that CHARA distributed heroin on January 27, 2010, February 19, 2010, March 5, 2010, and March 18, 2010; that SOTO distributed heroin on February 19, 2010; and that AGRAMONTE distributed heroin on March 18, 2010.

If convicted on these charges, they each face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years imprisonment, to be followed by at least four years of supervised release and a $2 million fine.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda M. Ricci of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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