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Friday, April 19, 2019

Dominican National Arrested For Distributing Heroin

BOSTON – A Dominican national was arrested yesterday and charged in federal court in Boston with distributing more than 100 grams of heroin.

Rosario Lara, 36, a Dominican national residing in Lawrence, was charged with distributing more than 100 grams of heroin. Lara appeared in federal court in Boston yesterday and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for April 25, 2019.

According to the charging documents, Lara sold more than a half-kilogram of heroin to a confidential informant in Lawrence on Feb. 21, 2019. Lara was arrested that day on state charges.

Lara faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $5 million. Lara will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. 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 Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Lawrence Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely, Deputy Chief of Lelling’s Major Crimes 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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 19, 2019