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Randolph Man Charged with Fentanyl-Related Offenses

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

BOSTON – A Randolph man was charged in federal court in Boston for distributing fentanyl on Cape Cod.


Jorge Barros, a/k/a “Joey,” 24, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, with conspiracy to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute. 


According to court documents, investigators identified Barros as a fentanyl distributor on Cape Cod in September 2017. A cooperating source then made a series of recorded calls to Barros arranging for a fentanyl delivery. On Nov. 13, 2017, Barros attempted to deliver approximately 40 grams of fentanyl to the cooperator; however, before Barros could do so, he was arrested in Harwich, at which time law enforcement seized approximately 38 grams of fentanyl from Barros. 


The charge provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $5 million.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; and Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe made the announcement today. The investigation was led by the DEA Cape Cod Resident Office and the Massachusetts State Police - Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with the Brewster, Harwich, Sandwich, Mashpee, Chatham, Yarmouth, and Barnstable Police Departments and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen of Weinreb’s Criminal Division is prosecuting the case.


The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated November 20, 2017

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