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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 10, 2020

Revere Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl

BOSTON – A Revere man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to distributing 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

Jassiel Ramirez, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for June 15, 2020. Ramirez was arrested in October 2018 and charged by criminal complaint; he was subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 19, 2018. 

According to court records, between September and October 2018, Ramirez engaged in four separate drug sales of fentanyl to a witness cooperating with the government. Those sales totaled approximately 140 grams of fentanyl. 

The charge of distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years 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.

United States Attorney Andrew Lelling and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division, made the announcement. Assistance was provided by the Salem Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alathea E. Porter of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 10, 2020