Chelsea Man Indicted for Fentanyl Trafficking and Unlawful Reentry into the United States
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant previously deported following drug trafficking conviction
BOSTON – A Chelsea man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston in connection with selling five kilograms of fentanyl to an undercover agent after unlawfully reentering the United States after deportation.
Luis Alberto German-Peguero, a/k/a “Alberto Chirry,” 32, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, one count of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and one count of illegal reentry of a deported alien. Peguero was previously charged by complaint and arrested by federal authorities on April 14, 2023. He has been in federal custody since his arrest and will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date.
According to the charging documents, German-Peguero is a citizen of the Dominican Republic and, in November 2020, was removed from the United States following a state drug trafficking conviction out of Plymouth Superior Court, for which he served more than one year in prison.
It is alleged that, sometime after his removal, German-Peguero unlawfully reentered the United States. On March 22, 2023, German-Peguero allegedly sold five kilograms of fentanyl to an undercover agent in Peabody. German-Peguero was subsequently arrested in Newton on April 14, 2023 and determined to be unlawfully present in the United States.
The charges of conspiracy and distribution of and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl after committing a prior serious drug felony provide for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million. The charge of illegal reentry provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 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’s Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
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.
Updated May 10, 2023