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Fentanyl Trafficker Convicted at Trial

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Angel Luis Concepcion-Rosario, 48, of Reading, PA was convicted today by a jury of one count of possession with intent to distribute, and aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, a lethal synthetic opioid. The sentencing hearing is scheduled on April 4, 2019 before the Honorable Joseph F. Leeson, Jr.

 In December 2016, DEA initiated an investigation into a drug trafficking organization (DTO) operating in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and in April 2017, a federal district judge authorized the first of multiple wiretaps targeting certain individuals’ phones. On June 16, 2017, phone interceptions revealed that an individual was going to supply a quantity of drugs to the defendant. On June 17, 2017, DEA agents observed the drug transaction between the individual and the defendant. After a traffic stop, the defendant was found to have approximately 199 grams of fentanyl in his vehicle and was arrested.

“Fentanyl’s high potency and unpredictable effects continue to lead to victims overdosing and dying in record numbers in this country,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “A very small amount of fentanyl can be lethal. We are glad that the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police acted swiftly in this matter to take this harmful drug off the street, and we are thankful that the jury held the defendant accountable for his crime.”

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kishan Nair.

Updated December 7, 2018

Drug Trafficking