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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 13, 2021

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-Drug Conspiracy

BOSTON – A New York man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to his role in a drug distribution conspiracy involving heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.

Wilkin Cedano, 37, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, cocaine and 40 grams or more of fentanyl. U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for March 31, 2022. Cedano was charged on Nov. 16, 2021.

From approximately November 2019 through December 2019, Cedano conspired with others to transport fentanyl and 1,000 pills containing controlled substances from New York to Lynn, Mass., for sale to a cooperating witness. On Dec. 2, 2019, Cedano met with the cooperating witness in the parking lot of a Market Basket in Lynn and presented two packages of fentanyl wrapped in cellophane and two pill bottles. Cedano was subsequently arrested. A search of Cedano’s car resulted in the recovery of a plastic bag tucked beneath the steering column that contained additional controlled substances. In total, 938 pills were recovered containing fentanyl, or a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

The charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, 40 grams or more of fentanyl and cocaine provides a sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $5 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement today. The Lynn Police Department provided valuable assistance in the investigation of this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel R. Feldman of Mendell’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case. 

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated December 13, 2021