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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dominican National Pleads Guity to Distributing Fentanyl

BOSTON – A Dominican national was pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to distributing fentanyl.

Rosario Lara, 37, a Dominican national formerly residing in Lawrence, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young who scheduled sentencing for July 9, 2020.  Lara admitted to distributing cocaine and more than 400 grams of fentanyl.  

Lara sold more than a half-kilogram of fentanyl to a confidential informant in Lawrence on Feb. 21, 2019. 

Lara faces up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by up to five years of supervised release and a fine of $10 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, Massachusetts State Police and Lawrence Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely, Deputy Chief of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit, prosecuted the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated March 12, 2020