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Worcester Man Sentenced for Fentanyl and Heroin Conspiracy and Distribution Offenses

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

BOSTON – A Worcester man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for distributing fentanyl and heroin.

Albeiro Gomez, 55, of Worcester, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Hillman to 38 months in prison, four years of supervised release and ordered to pay forfeiture. In November 2019, Gomez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute heroin and more than 40 grams of fentanyl, one count of distributing heroin and fentanyl, one count of distributing heroin and more than 40 grams of fentanyl and one count of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.

In December 2018, Gomez was charged with co-defendant Erotides Mendez, 50, a Dominican national previously residing in New York City. Mendez previously pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl and heroin and was sentenced to five years in prison.

From September to December 2018, investigators intercepted communications to and from the defendants’ phones which evidenced their drug trafficking activities. Gomez was a livery driver in Worcester who used his livery vehicle to procure and distribute drugs, meet with customers and to collect cash derived from drug sales. Mendez was involved in the acquisition of heroin and fentanyl in New York and the transportation of these drugs for sale in and around Worcester.

In connection with this investigation, Freiber Betancourth, of Worcester, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison and three years of supervised release. Betancourth distributed heroin and fentanyl from the parking lot of his employer. In addition, Jonathan Francisco Bobadilla Rosa, a Dominican national previously residing in Worcester, pleaded guilty to drug possession charges, false representation of a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced in May 2020 to 28 months in prison.

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. Assistance with the investigation was provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bill Abely and John Mulcahy of Lelling’s Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.

Updated October 30, 2020

Drug Trafficking