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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lawrence Man Sentenced to 78 Months for Participating in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

            Concord – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Henry Marte, 22, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was sentenced on Tuesday to 78 months in federal prison for participating in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, Marte participated in a drug trafficking organization that was led by Sergio Martinez.  Martinez employed numerous individuals to sell fentanyl to customers from various New England states, including New Hampshire. Some defendants, including Marte, worked for the Martinez organization by distributing 200-gram bags of fentanyl on a daily basis.

            “Interstate fentanyl traffickers have caused tremendous damage to the health and safety of communities throughout New England,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “In order to protect our citizens, we are working with all of our law enforcement partners to stop the flow of this deadly drug. Those who are responsible for distributing fentanyl should expect to spend substantial time in federal prison.”

            This investigation was conducted 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 case was a collaborative investigation that involved the DEA; the New Hampshire State Police; the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office; the Nashua Police Department; the Massachusetts State Police; the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office; the Essex County District Attorney’s Office; the Internal Revenue Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; United States Customs and Border Protection Boston Field Office; the United States Marshals Service; the United States Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service; the Manchester Police Department; the Lisbon Police Department; the Littleton Police Department; the Seabrook Police Department; the Haverhill (MA) Police Department; the Methuen (MA) Police Department; the Lowell (MA) Police Department; and the Maine State Police.

            The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Georgiana L. Konesky and Seth R. Aframe.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Press Release Number: 
20-010
Updated January 15, 2020