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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Massachusetts Man Arrested With Ten Kilograms of Fentanyl Packaged for Distribution

            CONCORD –Johan M. Rodriguez, 37, of Lawrence, Massachusetts was charged in a criminal complaint today, with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute controlled substances, specifically, fentanyl, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

            Rodriguez was arrested in Dover, New Hampshire on September 26, 2022, and is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in the District of New Hampshire today at 3:00 pm.

            The criminal complaint filed in court alleges that on September 26, 2022, Rodriguez hired an Uber to drive him from Lawrence, Massachusetts to a residence in Dover to deliver approximately ten kilograms of fentanyl for a Lawrence-based drug supplier. Law enforcement surveilled Rodriguez as he removed a toolbox and tool bag from the Uber’s trunk and carried them to the door of the residence where law enforcement encountered him. A search of the toolbox resulted in the seizure of approximately ten kilograms of suspected fentanyl which was separated into individual bundles ready for distribution.

            The charges in the criminal complaint are only allegations.  The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

            The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Hampshire Major Offender Task Force and was assisted by the Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices - Problem Solving Oriented Policing Unit, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office’s - Drug Task Force, and the Dover Police Department.

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Topic(s): 
Opioids
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
22-109
Updated September 27, 2022