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Dominican National Sentenced for Heroin Trafficking

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

BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for heroin trafficking.

Ramon Baez, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 121 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. On March 21, 2017, Baez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and one kilogram or more of heroin; one count of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin; and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

From about April 2015 to March 2016, an investigation was conducted into the drug distribution activities of Baez and his associates in and around Lawrence. Baez obtained heroin and cocaine from local suppliers and suppliers based in Mexico.  Baez’s co-conspirator Jose A. Rosario supplied Baez with kilograms of heroin, which Baez then repackaged for distribution. Rosario pleaded guilty in May 2017 and is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 17, 2017.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb 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 Katherine Ferguson of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated June 16, 2017

Drug Trafficking