Queen City Drug Dealers Sentenced
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Raul (a/k/a “Rudy”) Posadas and Luis Alberto Reyes (“a/k/a “Enano”), two key members of a Manchester drug ring, were sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
Posadas, 34, formerly of Manchester was sentenced to 130 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release for (i) conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and more than five kilograms of cocaine; and (ii) illegally possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.
Reyes, 36, formerly of Methuen, MA, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute, distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute oxycodone and cocaine.
Posadas and Reyes are two of eleven individuals who have been prosecuted in connection with “Operation Snow Crab.” The drug ring was responsible for the distribution of at least 25,000 80 mg oxycodone pills and 2 kilograms of cocaine a month in Manchester in 2009 and 2010. The investigation thus far has resulted in federal prison terms totaling more than 60 years, with one member of the ring still awaiting sentencing. The case has also resulted in the forfeiture of five hand guns and more than $300,000 in cash and other property. Almost 4500 illegally possessed 80 mg oxycodone pills and more than a kilogram of cocaine have been seized.
Operation Snow Crab was conducted by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, the Manchester Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program to reduce gun violence in New Hampshire by aggressive investigation and prosecution of firearm offenders, education of the public, and training of law enforcement officers about federal firearm laws. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse.