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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dominican National Pleads Guilty To Distributing Fentanyl and Heroin

BOSTON – A Dominican national residing in Lawrence pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to distributing a mixture of fentanyl and heroin. 

Jorge Aguasvivas, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for June 19, 2019.

On Aug. 2, 2018, during a joint federal and state law enforcement operation in Lawrence, Aguasvivas delivered 139 grams of a substance containing a mixture of fentanyl and heroin to an undercover agent.

Based on Aguasvivas’s prior criminal history, he is subject to enhanced penalties. The charge of distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and up to life in prison, a minimum of eight years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $8 million. Aguasvivas will be subject to deportation upon completion of any sentence imposed. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; and Colonel Kerry Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated March 14, 2019