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Milton Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Fentanyl

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

BOSTON – A Milton man was sentenced yesterday for drug trafficking charges.  

Brandy Soto-Lara, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to five years in prison and four years of supervised release. In October 2023, Lara pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

During a search of Soto-Lara’s apartment in November 2018, over 400 grams of cocaine and over 40 grams of fentanyl was seized. Additionally, $6,000, a loaded firearm with an obliterated serial number, firearm parts and ammunition were also recovered from Soto-Lara’s apartment.  

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Philip C. Cheng and Lucy Sun of the Organized Crime & Gang Unit prosecuted the case. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Updated January 18, 2024

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking