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Andover Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Northern New England Fentanyl Trafficking Operation

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

BOSTON – An Andover man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in connection with a fentanyl trafficking operation that spanned across northern New England. 

Randell Starlin Medina Rodriguez, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and p-Fluorofentanyl, a fentanyl analogue. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for Oct. 5, 2023.

Medina Rodriguez was arrested and charged in February 2022 along with five other co-defendants. All six defendants were subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2022.

Beginning in mid-2021, Medina Rodriguez conspired with others to deliver hundreds of grams of fentanyl throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Specifically, Medina Rodriguez and others served as Massachusetts-based dealers who delivered large quantities of fentanyl to wholesale customers who in turn would distribute those substances in Maine and/or New Hampshire. 

The charge of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and p-Fluorofentanyl, a fentanyl analogue, provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, at least three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen Hassink and Lauren Graber of the Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit are prosecuting the case.

The operation was conducted by a multi-agency task force through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. More information on the OCDETF program is available here:

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated July 12, 2023

Drug Trafficking