Leader of Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization with Ties to Mexican Cartel Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced on Oct. 20, 2023 for attempting to distribute fentanyl while already on pretrial release for a separate fentanyl offense.
Anyelo Aybar-Franco, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to time served (three years in prison) and three years of supervised release. On July 21, 2023, Aybar-Franco pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl.
Aybar-Franco was arrested in Lawrence in October 2020 after he was observed attempting to conduct a hand-to-hand drug deal. During the arrest, over 65 grams of fentanyl was seized from Aybar-Franco’s person.
At the time of the conduct, Aybar-Franco was on state pretrial release for a separate fentanyl distribution offense he was charged with just two months prior.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security Investigations in Boston and the Lawrence Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Dell’Anno of the Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.