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Dominican National Sentenced for Crack and Cocaine Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Dominican national previously living in Lawrence was sentenced today for trafficking crack cocaine (also known as cocaine base) and cocaine.

Encebio Esperitusanto, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 33 months in prison. Esperitusanto will face deportation upon completion of his sentence. In June 2020, Esperitusanto pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base, one count of distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base and one count of distribution of cocaine. Esperitusanto has been in federal custody since he was arrested on March 13, 2019.

Esperitusanto sold crack cocaine to a cooperating source on two occasions in November 2018 in Lawrence. In February 2019, Esperitusanto again arranged for two additional sales of crack and cocaine to the same cooperating source.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Assistance was also provided by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine Ferguson and Stephen Hassink of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated January 27, 2021

Drug Trafficking