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Dominican National Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Heroin and Fentanyl Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant previously deported after serving sentence on federal drug charges

BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced in federal court in Boston today to 10 years in prison for trafficking heroin and fentanyl.

Elin Robinson Mejia Romero, 52, a Dominican national formerly residing in Hyde Park, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 10 years in prison and will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In September 2018, Mejia Romero was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to possess heroin and more than 40 grams of fentanyl, two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl. Romero previously pleaded guilty to a separate federal charge of illegally re-entering the country after being deported.

On five occasions between January 2017 and June 2017, Romero sold a total of over 100 grams of heroin and/or fentanyl to a cooperating witness. Agents recorded each transaction and laboratory results confirmed that the drugs were heroin and fentanyl. An additional 300 grams of fentanyl and other drug distributing paraphernalia were recovered during a search at a location in Hyde Park.     

In 2008, Romero was convicted in federal court in Boston of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and five kilograms or more of cocaine. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison and was deported to the Dominican Republic after completing his sentence.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistance was also provided by Customs and Border Protection and the Attleboro Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leah B. Foley and Lauren A. Graber of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated February 25, 2019

Drug Trafficking