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New Bedford Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possessing Fentanyl Intended for Distribution

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

BOSTON – A New Bedford man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for possessing fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine for distribution. 

Ramon Serrano, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In September 2022, Serrano pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin.

In February 2019, parole officers visited Serrano’s apartment while he was on probation for a heroin trafficking conviction. Inside the residence, officers observed a large amount of cash in plain view, a large bag a marijuana in a bedroom drawer and an open backpack that contained a large quantity of brown and white powder. During a subsequent search, over 544 grams of fentanyl and heroin as well as over 206 grams of cocaine – divided into separate plastic bags for distribution – were seized from Serrano’s apartment. Approximately $27,000, digital scales, cellular telephones and a money counter were also recovered. 

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and New Bedford Police Chief Paul Oliveira made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Craig Estes and Charles Dell’Anno of Rollins’ Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated February 23, 2023

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