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Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant sold fentanyl to an undercover agent inside Lawrence store

BOSTON – A Dominican national pleaded guilty today to drug trafficking activities involving fentanyl.

Angel Aybar Carmona, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for Jan. 12, 2022. Carmona was indicted on Jan. 5, 2021.

In December 2020, Carmona provided a sample of fentanyl along with his phone number to an undercover law enforcement officer. In subsequent text message conversations with Carmona, the undercover officer arranged to purchase 120 grams of fentanyl inside a store in Lawrence. After completing the sale, Carmona was arrested. 

The charge of distribution and 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, a 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 other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Lawrence Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hassink of Mendell’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 16, 2021

Drug Trafficking