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Dominican National Sentenced for Role in Large-Scale Fentanyl Trafficking Organization

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

Portland, Maine:  A Dominican national residing in Massachusetts was sentenced today in federal court in Portland for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced Enyel Mejia-Pimental, a/k/a “Gregori Velez-Sosa,” 28, to 40 months imprisonment. Mejia-Pimental pleaded guilty on March 29, 2019.

According to court records, Mejia-Pimentel was a primary drug courier for a drug trafficking organization based out of the Lawrence, Massachusetts area. The organization was responsible for distributing kilogram quantities of fentanyl to customers from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts between approximately April 2016 and March 2018. 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sanford Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case. The prosecution is a result of the ongoing efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program, a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The OCDETF mission is to identify, investigate and prosecute high-level members of drug trafficking enterprises, bringing together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state and local law enforcement.


Johnathan G. Nathans
Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorneys
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated February 26, 2020

Drug Trafficking