Leader of Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization with Ties to Mexican Cartel Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for fentanyl conspiracy.
Maximo Diaz Tejada, 44, a Dominican national residing in Lawrence, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris to 70 months in prison. Diaz Tejeda will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. In November 2018, Diaz Tejada pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, one count of possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien.
On Dec. 14, 2017, Diaz Tejada and his co-conspirator delivered over half a kilogram of fentanyl to an undercover officer. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Diaz Tejada’s residence in Lawrence, where they seized an additional 977 grams of fentanyl, 141 grams of heroin, 103 grams of Tramadol, and a small amount of cocaine, as well as drug packaging tools and materials. Diaz Tejada was previously deported from the United States in October 2013 and used multiple aliases while he was in the United States.
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 U.S. Attorney Philip Cheng of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.