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Lawrence Man Sentenced For Conspiracy To Distribute Fentanyl

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

BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy in the Merrimack Valley.

Antonio Camillo, 21, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 34 months in prison and three years of supervised release. On Feb. 4, 2019, the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and one count of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

In September 2018, Camillo sold nearly 40 grams of fentanyl to an undercover police officer during a months-long federal investigation. Camillo was part of a drug organization that was distributing large quantities of fentanyl throughout the Merrimack Valley. In October 2018, Camillo was charged and arrested along with dozens more during a federal sweep targeting impact players and repeat offenders in and around the City of Lawrence.

United States Attorney Andrew Lelling and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Updated May 1, 2019

Drug Trafficking