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Mexican National Sentenced on Heroin Trafficking Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Law enforcement seized four kilograms of heroin during defendant’s arrest

BOSTON – A Mexican national was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with drug trafficking activities that resulted in the seizure of four kilograms of heroin.

Miguel Angel Morales Torres, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 46 months in prison and two years of supervised release. Morales Torres will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In October 2019, Torres Morales pleaded guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

In August 2018, a cooperating witness arranged to purchase four kilograms of “china white,” referring to fentanyl, from a large-scale narcotics distributor for $55,000 per kilogram. The distributor agreed to deliver the drugs to the cooperating witness using a courier. On Aug. 20, 2018, Torres Morales drove a tractor trailer to the area of the “Park and Ride” parking lot on Granite Avenue in Milton to deliver the drugs. Federal agents stopped the tractor trailer and, in a cabinet behind the driver’s seat, located four brick-packed kilograms of heroin wrapped in cellophane.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren A. Graber and Alathea Porter of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case. 

Updated January 8, 2020

Drug Trafficking