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CONCORD, N.H. – Euris Daniel Paulino Guerrero, 24, a citizen of the Dominican Republic residing in Lawrence, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to two counts of distribution of the Schedule II controlled substance fentanyl and one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.
During the spring and summer of 2015, law enforcement officers investigated a drug trafficking organization operating in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. As part of the investigation, cooperating individuals and an undercover law enforcement officer purchased heroin, fentanyl, and oxycodone from the defendant and his co-conspirators. Four sales occurred in Massachusetts and two, on July 29, 2015 and August 12, 2015, took place in Salem, New Hampshire. Lab results have confirmed that over 140 grams of the substance sold contained fentanyl and additional quantities remain to be tested. On September 17, 2015, the Drug Enforcement Administration executed search warrants at three residences in Lawrence, Massachusetts associated with the organization. In one residence, officers located over 400 grams of fentanyl, an instrument used to compress drugs into ten-gram quantities for sale, blenders, and other packaging materials.
Guerrero will be detained pending sentencing, which is presently scheduled for July 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The statutory maximum sentence for the conspiracy charge is forty years in prison and criminal fines of up to $5,000,000. Each distribution charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of twenty years in prison and criminal fines of up to $1,000,000. Guerrero’s actual sentence will be determined by the court at sentencing after a presentence investigation report is completed.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Georgiana L. Konesky and John J. Farley.