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Springfield Woman Pleads Guilty to Possessing Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant possessed over 8,000 bags of fentanyl for distribution

BOSTON – A Springfield woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to possessing fentanyl intended for distribution. 

Karyela Santiago, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Aug. 8, 2024. In September 2023, Santiago was indicted by a federal grand jury.

On March 30, 2022, Santiago possessed fentanyl intended for distribution. Specifically, Santiago possessed a total of 8,090 bags of fentanyl intended for distribution – containing a total of 129 grams of fentanyl. 

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; Stephen Belleau, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; and Springfield Police Superintendent Lawrence Akers made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd E. Newhouse of the Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 2, 2024

Drug Trafficking