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Two Dominican Nationals Charged with Distributing Fentanyl

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

BOSTON – Two Dominican nationals were indicted today in federal court in Boston with distributing fentanyl.

Jose Guerrero-Soto, 25, and Yokasta Aybar-Soto, 26, both of the Dominican Republic, were indicted on distribution of and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, as well as on conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams of more of fentanyl. Guerrero-Soto and and Aybar-Soto were initially charged by criminal complaint and have been in custody since Sept. 12, 2019.

The indictments allege that Guerrero-Soto and Aybar-Soto sold over 40 grams of fentanyl to an undercover officer in Lawrence on Sept. 12, 2019. 

The charging statutes provide for a mandatory minimum 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; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney James R. Drabick of Lelling’s Criminal Division is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated October 21, 2019

Drug Trafficking