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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 27, 2022

Lawrence Woman Sentenced in Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy that Used U.S. Mail Parcels

BOSTON – A Lawrence woman was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for her role in a cocaine distribution conspiracy.

Michel Saredi-Munoz Moronta, a/k/a “Michel Saredi-Munoz Morta,” 22, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to time served (approximately 21 months in prison) and four years of supervised release. On Dec. 15, 2021, Munoz Moronta pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

In or about August 2020, law enforcement identified several Priority Mail packages sent to addresses in Lawrence as suspected to contain illegal narcotics. Officers surveilling the addresses saw a woman, later identified as Munoz Moronta, get out of a car and collect the packages shortly after delivery. Munoz Moronta was subsequently arrested. The packages were found to contain approximately four kilograms of cocaine.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Ketty Larco-Ward, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement. The Lawrence Police Department provided valuable assistance in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel R. Feldman of Rollins’ Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case. 

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 27, 2022