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Lawrence Man Sentenced for Heroin Distribution

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

BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for distributing heroin.

Jose Antonio Rosario, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 22 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In May 2017, Rosario pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

From about April 2015 to March 2016, federal law enforcement investigated the drug distribution activities of Ramon Baez, a Dominican national based in Lawrence, and his associates.  Rosario supplied Baez with approximately 100 grams of heroin, which Baez then repackaged for distribution. 

On June 16, 2017, Baez was sentenced to 121 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He will be subject to deportation proceedings following the completion of his sentence. 

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division, made the announcement today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Ferguson of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated September 18, 2017

Drug Trafficking