Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl
CONCORD - Juan Garcia, 34, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in early 2016, the FBI received information regarding a drug dealer known as “Tony,” who was distributing drugs in Nashua and elsewhere. “Tony” was later identified as the defendant, who has used multiple names, including Juan Garcia. In February and March of 2016, the FBI used a cooperating individual to buy over 40 grams of fentanyl from the defendant and his associates in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The defendant was subsequently arrested in April 2017.
Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced on October 10, 2018.
“Fentanyl trafficking poses a grave danger to the health and safety of our citizens,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “In order to protect the public, we will aggressively target and prosecute those who are distributing this lethal drug in the Granite State.”
"This defendant had no regard for the people to whom he peddled his poison, and the FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force will continue to do work with our law enforcement partners to do everything it can to put a stop to drug dealers like him in an effort to make our communities safer, " said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division
This matter was investigated by the FBI New Hampshire Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which is comprised of the FBI, the New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Probation and Parole, and the Police Departments of Hudson, Manchester, and Nashua. Assistance was provided by the FBI North Shore Gang Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane Kelbley and First Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Farley.