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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 19, 2022

Cambridge Man Charged with Crack Cocaine and Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Cambridge man has been charged with drug distribution offenses involving cocaine base (crack cocaine) and fentanyl.

Ahsan Arty, a/k/a/ “Hass,” 23, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Arty is currently in state custody and was ordered detained following an initial appearance yesterday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell. A detention hearing has not yet been scheduled by the Court.

According to the charging documents, in February 2021, Arty conspired to sell crack cocaine to an undercover officer and was captured on recording brokering the drug deal. Intercepted communications allegedly revealed that Arty also conspired with others to distribute counterfeit Percocet pills containing fentanyl. At the time of the alleged offense, Arty was on pretrial release for multiple pending state firearm offenses.

The charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years and up to a lifetime 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.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin R. Hayden; Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan; Boston Police Acting Commissioner Gregory Long; and Cambridge Police Commissioner Christine Elow, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip A. Mallard of Rollins’ Organized Crime & Gang Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 19, 2022