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Lawrence Man Indicted for Drug Conspiracy Involving 32 Kilograms of Cocaine

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

BOSTON – A Lawrence man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Boston for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Victor Berroa Mercedes, 31, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Berroa Mercedes will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date.

 According to the charging document, on May 4, 2024, Berroa Mercedes allegedly met with a cooperating source and accepted delivery of 32 kilograms of suspected cocaine in a Woburn parking lot. During his subsequent arrest, it is alleged that Berroa Mercedes dropped a plastic bag containing $32,800 in cash while attempting to flee from officers. He was immediately apprehended. 

The charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine each provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.  

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Stephen Belleau, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police and Illinois State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Mulcahy is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated May 30, 2024

Drug Trafficking