Lawrence Woman Pleads Guilty Participating in a Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl
CONCORD, N.H. – Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that Carmen Jose, 40, of Lawrence Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, fentanyl.
According to court documents and statements made in court, during the summer of 2015, Jose and a co-conspirator sold fentanyl to an undercover police officer on multiple occasions. The defendant was arrested on September 8, 2016, when she and her co-conspirator arrived at the Rockingham Mall in Salem, New Hampshire in order to sell approximately 500 grams of fentanyl. After her arrest, law enforcement officers recovered approximately 512 grams of fentanyl from the vehicle Jose had been operating.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for January 30, 2018. Her alleged co-conspirator, Robert R. Arias, is scheduled to go to trial on January 23, 2018.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to work with our law enforcement partners to stop the flow of fentanyl and other deadly drugs into the Granite State,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “While those who suffer from addiction should be able to gain access to treatment, those who seek to profit from selling drugs will be prosecuted. We continue to work each day with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who are distributing these deadly substances.”
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Georgiana L. Konesky.