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Lawrence Woman Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

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

            CONCORD – Karina Reyes, 29, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing fentanyl as part of a seven-defendant narcotics case, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, Reyes resided with a drug trafficker in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and sometimes provided translation services for him during telephone conversations about trafficking in fentanyl, including making arrangements for specific drug transactions in New Hampshire.

            Reyes is scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, 2019    

            Co-defendants Billy Damuel Maldonado Cancel, Jose Hiram Martinez Rolon, Samuel Ramos, and Abelino Morales-Padilla previously pleaded guilty to fentanyl trafficking charges in the same case.                     .

            “Those who participate in the trafficking of fentanyl will be arrested and prosecuted,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “It is vital to the health and safety of the public that we disrupt the distribution of this lethal substance. Law enforcement at all levels is united in the effort to stop traffickers.” 

            This matter was investigated by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the New Hampshire State Police, and the Manchester Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Davis.    

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Updated August 19, 2019

Topic
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 19-145