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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dominican National Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Dominican national formerly residing in Methuen was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for federal drug conspiracy.

Jorge Luis Nunez Martinez, who used the name William Matos, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 87 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Martinez will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. In December 2017, Martinez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and crack.

In October 2015, a confidential source reported that an individual named Javier Gonzalez Marcano was operating a large-scale drug trafficking organization in and around Lawrence and Lowell. The subsequent investigation revealed that Martinez was a runner for the Gonzalez Marcano drug trafficking organization. In October 2016, Martinez assumed control over the drug trafficking organization when Gonzalez Marcano returned to the Dominican Republic. Martinez and Juan Rodriguez Castro, another runner for the Gonzalez Marcano drug trafficking organization, were arrested in March 2017. 

In June 2017, Rodriguez Castro pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, and crack and was sentenced in October to 28 months in prison. Gonzalez Marcano is presently a fugitive.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Miranda Hooker of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated March 15, 2018