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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lowell Man Sentenced To 60 Months For Participating In Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

          Concord – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Paul William Aaron, 33, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 60 months in prison on Monday for participating in a conspiracy to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl.

          According to court documents and statements made in court, the defendant bought fentanyl from a drug trafficking organization that authorities allege was led by Sergio Martinez.  Aaron sometimes purchased the fentanyl on credit and then re-sold the fentanyl to various customers.

          Aaron previously pleaded guilty on March 8, 2019. 

          “Fentanyl is a deadly drug that continues to impact lives throughout New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “In order to maintain the safety of our community, we will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify, prosecute, and incarcerate those who are responsible for distributing this dangerous substance.”

           “The state of New Hampshire is faced with a fentanyl crisis unlike ever before,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle.  “Those responsible for distributing lethal drugs like fentanyl to the citizens of New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions.  DEA will aggressively pursue Drug Trafficking Organizations and individuals who are coming from out of state to distribute this poison in order to profit and destroy people’s lives.  This investigation demonstrates the strength and continued commitment of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners.”

          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
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Press Release Number: 
19-107
Updated June 20, 2019