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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 21, 2021

Dominican National Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Charges

BOSTON – A Utah-based cocaine trafficker was sentenced today in federal court in Boston after previously being convicted by a federal jury.

Droel Jared Encarnacion, 28, of Medford, Mass. and Salt Lake City, Utah, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release. In October 2020, Encarnacion was convicted following a jury trial of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. 

In August and September 2018, federal investigators were conducting a wiretap investigation into Encarnacion and his co-conspirator, Robin Manuel Suazo, who lived in Lynn, Mass. The two men discussed their fentanyl and cocaine distribution activities in several calls and discussed shipping drugs from Utah to Boston. On Sept. 17, 2018, Encarnacion shipped, via, FedEx, a package containing approximately 427 grams of cocaine from his home in Utah to his mother’s address in Medford, Mass. Encarnacion then flew to Boston to pick up the cocaine. Agents stopped the two men as they drove together in a vehicle toward Lynn, and located the FedEx package of cocaine in the vehicle, showing Encarnacion as the sender of the package. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement today. Assistant United States Attorneys Lauren A. Graber and Jared Dolan of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 21, 2021