Haverhill Resident Pleads Guilty To Drug Conspiracy Charge
CONCORD, N.H. – United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced that Jorge Medina, 25, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, oxycodone and cocaine. Medina appeared before United States District Court Judge Steven J. McAuliffe to enter his guilty plea.
According to documents that were filed in court and statements in the plea proceeding, Medina admitted that he and others participated in the distribution of cocaine and oxycodone pills in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. During a court-authorized wiretap investigation, law enforcement officers intercepted calls in which Medina sought to obtain drugs for distribution. On one occasion, law enforcement officers arrested one of Medina’s customers and recovered approximately 100 oxycodone pills. The customer later admitted that he had obtained hundreds of pills from Medina.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for March 8, 2017.
Medina is one of six individuals indicted by a federal grand jury on September 23, 2015, and charged with conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, controlled substances. The other defendants are: Mara Morillo, 41, of Haverhill, Massachusetts; Franklyn Morillo, 41, of Haverhill, Massachusetts; Juan Rojas, 32, of Haverhill, Massachusetts; Justin Bartimus, 35, formerly of Methuen, Massachusetts; and Michael Lally, 28, of Salem, New Hampshire.
Rojas also was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He is further charged in a separate indictment with conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Rojas is awaiting trial, which has been scheduled for January 18, 2017. All of the other defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
This case was supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad led the investigation with assistance from the Haverhill, Massachusetts Police Department, the Methuen, Massachusetts Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Police. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Farley.