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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 5, 2018

Charlestown Man Arrested for Distributing Fentanyl

BOSTON – A Charlestown man was arrested today for distributing fentanyl out of an apartment in Chelsea. 

Cruz Villar, 31, was charged with one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl - aiding and abetting; and one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl - aiding and abetting.

The first charge provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $1 million. The second charge provides for a sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $5 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian A. Pérez‑Daple of Lelling’s Criminal Division is prosecuting the case.

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

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated October 5, 2018