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Springfield Woman Indicted for Possessing Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute

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

BOSTON – A Springfield woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield for allegedly possessing fentanyl intended for distribution. 

Karyela Santiago, 26, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. 

According to the indictment, on March 30, 2022, Santiago possessed fentanyl intended for distribution. 

The charge of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, four year of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case. 

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; and Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd E. Newhouse of the Springfield Branch Office 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 September 19, 2023

Drug Trafficking