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Stoneham Man Pleads Guilty To Fentanyl Trafficking

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

BOSTON – A Stoneham man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to trafficking fentanyl.

Alexis Baez, 52, pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl; two counts of distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute, more than 40 grams of fentanyl; and one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Rya W. Zobel scheduled sentencing for Nov. 13, 2019. Baez was previously charged by criminal complaint and arrested on April 26, 2019. He has been in custody since his arrest. 

Between February and April 2019, Baez engaged in six separate drug sales of fentanyl powder to an undercover law enforcement agent.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute of over 400 grams of fentanyl carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, a minimum of five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million. The charges of possession with intent to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of 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 E. Lelling and Jason Molina, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Woburn, Stoneham, Milton and Boston Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen W. Hassink of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated August 21, 2019

Topics
Drug Trafficking
Opioids