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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Dominican National Living in Lawrence Sentenced for Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute

BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. 

Santos Obispo Guerrero Lara, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to time served (approximately seven months). In October 2019, Guerrero Lara pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. 

Lara attempted to sell approximately 20g of fentanyl to an undercover agent. Lara was arrested in Lawrence on June 6, 2019, as part of a 10-week coordinated enforcement operation in the Merrimack Valley called “Devil’s Highway.” The operation targeted the distribution of opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, and resulted in charges against a total of 40 people for federal drug offenses, with at least a dozen more individuals facing state charges.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; and Jason J. Molina, Acting Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Boston made the announcement today.  Valuable assistance was provided by the Andover Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mackenzie A. Queenin of Lelling’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 7, 2020