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New York Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Fentanyl Distribution

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

BOSTON – A New York man was sentenced yesterday for distributing approximately three kilograms of fentanyl and 592 grams of fentanyl analogue in Woburn. 

Ruben Davila Cardenas, 45, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to four years in prison and three years of supervised release. On Sept. 25, 2023, Cardenas pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. 

In October 2021, Cardenas travelled from New York City to Boston and distributed approximately three kilograms of fentanyl and over 500 grams of fentanyl analogue to a cooperating source in Woburn.

Early in the day on Oct. 19, 2021, Cardenas picked up approximately three kilograms of fentanyl and over 500 grams of fentanyl analogue from an individual in New York City. Cardenas then travelled with the narcotics to Boston on a bus and to Woburn via a ride-share vehicle. There, Cardenas distributed the fentanyl and fentanyl analogue in a backpack to a cooperating source. Cardenas was immediately apprehended. The backpack was found to contain three kilograms of fentanyl and several thousand pills of fentanyl analogue.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; John E. Mawn Jr., Interim Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police; and Colonel Mark B. Hall, Director of the New Hampshire State Police made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of the Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated December 22, 2023

Drug Trafficking