Massachusetts Man Sentenced To Serve Two Years In Prison For Role In Fentanyl Distribution
CONCORD, N.H. – United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced today that Felipe Antonio Reyes Eduardo was sentenced to a term of two years in federal prison based upon his prior guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
According to court documents and statements in court, Reyes acted as a runner in a series of fentanyl transactions with an undercover law enforcement officer in New Hampshire and Massachusetts from December of 2015 to February of 2016. Reyes, 20 years old, resided in Lawrence, Massachusetts, before his arrest in this case.
According to statistics maintained by the State of New Hampshire, the vast majority of the drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire in 2016 were related to fentanyl. Because a single gram of heroin or fentanyl can be used to create multiple individual dosage units that can be sold “on the street,” the quantity of fentanyl involved in this case could have generated hundreds of individual doses of fentanyl, each of which had the potential to cause a fatal overdose.
“Those suffering from the disease of opioid addiction need access to treatment and recovery,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “But, those responsible for distributing lethal drugs like fentanyl to the citizens of New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions. In response to the ongoing opioid epidemic DEA and its local, state and federal law enforcement partners are committed to bringing to justice those that distribute this poison.”
U.S. Attorney Rice said, “My office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute the individuals who are putting fentanyl and other deadly drugs on the streets of New Hampshire. By aggressively enforcing the law, providing treatment to those suffering with addition, and educating the community about the risks of fentanyl, the law enforcement community in New Hampshire is working to combat the fentanyl problem in this state on a daily basis.”
This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Hampshire Drug Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bill Morse.