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Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 21 Years for Distributing Heroin that Resulted in Death
October 12, 2012

Boston - A former Malden resident was sentenced yesterday in federal court for distributing drugs that resulted in the death of a Cape Cod woman.
Maximo Laryi Herrerra Pena, aka Emerson Adams, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton to 21 years in federal prison to be followed by four years of supervised release.

In February, Pena pleaded guilty to participating in a heroin distribution conspiracy between March 2009 and July 2010, and to arranging for the distribution of heroin on July 30, 2009.  Pena’s drug organization sold narcotics in the Boston and South Shore areas of Massachusetts, and Pena supervised and directed other participants in the organization.  In total, Pena was held responsible for the distribution of more than 1.6 kilograms of heroin.  

After an evidentiary hearing in July, the Court found that the heroin distributed by Pena on July 30, 2009, was used by a 20-year-old Brewster woman and resulted in her death. Pena arranged to have a runner from his drug organization supply heroin to his co-defendant Joshua Johnson, a drug customer based in Dennis.  Johnson then cut and packaged the heroin for re-distribution.  On the evening of July 30, 2009, Johnson and co-defendant David Geoffrion sold a portion of that heroin to a young woman who was found dead in her home the following afternoon.  Following an autopsy, a medical examiner determined that heroin had caused her death.

Co-defendants Johnson and Geoffrion previously pleaded guilty to distributing the heroin that resulted in the woman’s death.  Johnson will be sentenced on Nov. 2, 2012. Geoffrion will be sentenced on Nov. 14, 2012.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, made the announcement today.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Linda M. Ricci and E. James Arnold in Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.



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