Saugus Man Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Prison for Role in Conspiracy to Traffic Counterfeit Prescription Pills
BOSTON – A Bronx, N.Y., man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy.
Eric Encarnacion Medina, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 51 months in prison and two years of supervised release. In November 2021, Encarnacion Medina pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and one count of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.
In January 2021, Encarnacion Medina was identified as working with a drug trafficker based in the Dominican Republic who shipped multiple kilograms of fentanyl to a location in Pennsylvania. Encarnacion Medina would then transport the fentanyl from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. On Jan. 28, 2021, Encarnacion Medina sold one kilogram of fentanyl to a cooperating witness in Boston and discussed future drug sales before going back to New York. On Feb. 11, 2021, Encarnacion agreed to sell the cooperating witness 400 fentanyl pills and drive to Boston again from New York for the transaction. Encarnacion Medina also discussed future deals and the potential for transactions involving high quantities of fentanyl pills and methamphetamine. Encarnacion Medina was arrested upon his arrival in Boston on Feb. 12, 2021.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen W. Hassink of Rollins’ Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit prosecuted 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: https://www.justice.gov/ocdetf/about-ocdetf.