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Citizen of Dominican Republic Sentenced to 37 Months for Distributing Fentanyl in Troy and Rensselaer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Junior Rafael Arias Soto, age 50, a citizen of the Dominican Republic and a resident of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for distributing fentanyl in the cities of Rensselaer and Troy.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

As part of his guilty plea, Arias Soto admitted that between June 2019 and June 2020, he distributed at least 155 grams of a fentanyl mixture to customers in Troy and Rensselaer.

Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also imposed a 2-year term of supervised release, to begin after Arias Soto’s release from prison.  Arias Soto has been in custody since his arrest in June 2020 and is subject to deportation following the completion of his prison sentence.

This case was investigated by the DEA, with assistance provided by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Rensselaer Police Department and the Troy Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet J. O’Hanlon.

Updated July 29, 2021

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