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Dominican National Sentenced for Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

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

BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for his role in a widespread heroin and fentanyl trafficking conspiracy operating in Lawrence.

Josuel Moises Patrone-Gonzalez, 23, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 54 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Patrone-Gonzalez will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In March 2018, Patrone-Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl.

On May 30, 2017, a large scale law enforcement operation dismantled two Lawrence-based drug trafficking organizations, one allegedly run by the defendant’s brother, Juan Anibal Patrone, and another led by Ramon Gonzalez Nival, who was a source of supply for Patrone. Patrone-Gonzalez was arrested and charged along with Patrone, Gonzalez Nival, and approximately 30 co-conspirators.  

Patrone-Gonzalez played a significant role in his brother’s organization by operating stash houses. When law enforcement executed a search warrant at Patrone-Gonzalez’s apartment/stash house, they seized approximately 350 grams of fentanyl and 220 grams of cocaine.

Gonzalez Nival pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 5, 2018. Patrone pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Lawrence Police Chief Roy P. Vasque made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Winkler of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the cases.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.v

Updated June 19, 2018

Drug Trafficking