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Convicted Felon Charged with Fentanyl Distribution Following His Release from Prison

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

BOSTON – A previously convicted felon has been charged with allegedly contacting a law enforcement officer – whom he believed was a drug customer – to coordinate a drug deal after being released from state prison. 

Ruben Depina, 23, of Rockland, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. 

According to the charging documents, in May 2023, a law enforcement officer – who previously worked in an undercover capacity – allegedly received a call from Depina who introduced himself as “Jake.” Depina allegedly told the officer that he recently got out of jail and was contacting his best customers because he was selling drugs again. On or about May 16, 2023, Depina allegedly sold at least 40 grams of fentanyl to a cooperating witness during a controlled purchase. 

Weeks later, on June 11, 2023, local law enforcement allegedly observed the same vehicle Depina had used to participate in the controlled purchase speeding in East Bridgewater. It is alleged that the vehicle sped off after being stopped by law enforcement. While being pursued Depina’s vehicle collided with a van at an intersection. 

It is alleged that, when law enforcement approached the vehicle, Depina was observed reaching towards the passenger side floor before complying with instructions to show his hands. Depina was immediately removed through the passenger side window and arrested. During a search of Depina’s vehicle, a loaded firearm, multiple cellphones, a digital scale and a satchel containing at least 20 grams of cocaine base were allegedly recovered. 

The charge of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl provides for a sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 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 Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office; the Massachusetts State Police; the Suffolk, Plymouth and Bristol County Sheriff's Departments; and the Boston, Brockton, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Rockland and Westport Police Departments.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kaitlin R. O’Donnell of the 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.

Updated September 15, 2023

Drug Trafficking