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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Worcester Man Sentenced on Fentanyl and Heroin Charges

BOSTON – A Worcester man was sentenced today in connection with drug trafficking charges.

Freiber Betancourth, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 12 months and a day in prison and three years of supervised release. In June 2019, Betancourth pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute fentanyl and heroin and one count of distributing fentanyl and heroin.  

Betancourth worked for a Massachusetts Department of Transportation / EZ Pass contractor in Auburn, Mass. Between June and September 2018, Betancourth distributed heroin and fentanyl on multiple occasions, including in the parking lot outside of his workplace. In addition, he stored drugs in his office. Betancourth obtained these drugs from Albeiro Gomez, sold the drugs to a particular customer, and then provided most of the cash proceeds to Gomez.

Gomez pleaded guilty on Nov. 25, 2019 to various drug charges including distributing fentanyl and heroin and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 5, 2020.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, made the announcement today. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police provided assistance with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bill Abely and John Mulcahy of Lelling’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 25, 2020