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Four Arrested for Heroin Trafficking

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

BOSTON – Four men were arrested this morning on charges of heroin distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin.


Richard R. Fernandez, 26, believed to reside in Lawrence; Jose C. Torres, 27, believed to reside in Haverhill; Angel G. Rivera Serrano, 36, believed to reside in Haverhill; and Luis Humberto Arias Lara, 41, believed to reside in Lowell, were charged with heroin distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin.


According to court documents, the men distributed heroin in and around Waltham over the course of several months. Each of the defendants allegedly sold drugs to an undercover investigator. Court-authorized searches were conducted this morning at two residences and two alleged stash houses where investigators seized approximately $200,000 in cash and approximately 1.5 kilograms of narcotics.


The charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin each provide for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $1 million, or twice the value of the funds involved, whichever is greater. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal of the District of Massachusetts; and members of the Suburban Middlesex County Drug Task Force, which is composed of the Waltham, Watertown, Newton, Arlington, Belmont, Weston and Lexington Police Departments, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Winkler of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.


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


Updated March 30, 2017

Drug Trafficking