California Man Sentenced for Smuggling Fraudulent Cognitive Enhancement Drug Into the United States from China
BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy.
Carlos Rodriguez, 20, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to five years in prison and four years of supervised release. On Feb. 27, 2019, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.
On April 19, 2018, during an undercover operation, federal agents seized 157 grams of fentanyl from Rodriguez. He was arrested that day. Upon execution of a federal search warrant at his residence, agents seized additional fentanyl and a digital scale.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division; Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe; Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque; and Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.