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Taunton Man Sentenced for Role in Heroin and Fentanyl Scheme

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

BOSTON – A Taunton man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for dealing heroin and fentanyl.


Xavier Ramos, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to 64 months in prison and four years of supervised release. In July 2017, Ramos pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin and fentanyl.


In October 2015, Ramos was arrested and charged along with 24 others in connection with a heroin trafficking ring led by Dedwin Cruz-Rivera in southeastern Massachusetts; an April 2016 superseding indictment brought the number of defendants charged in the case to 26.  These charges are the result of a 15-month investigation into heroin and fentanyl trafficking in Taunton and surrounding communities.


Ramos assisted co-defendant Dedwin Cruz-Rivera by acting as a Spanish to English translator and brokered deals between Cruz-Rivera and another individual. Ramos also purchased small amounts of heroin, some of which he distributed to others to support his own heroin habit. 


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Michael Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Kanwit of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case. 

Updated November 3, 2017

Drug Trafficking