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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 25, 2018

Massachusetts Woman Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Heroin Trafficking

             CONCORD –United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Michell DeJesus, 38, of Lowell, Massachusetts was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release for participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy.

            Documents filed with the court established that DeJesus participated in a drug trafficking organization between April 2016 and September 2016.  DeJesus took orders for heroin from customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and directed runners for the organization to make deliveries to those customers.

            DeJesus previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, heroin. 

            “The distribution of heroin and other dangerous drugs presents a substantial risk to public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “We will continue to work collaboratively with our law enforcement partners to identity and prosecute those who profit from the sale of these deadly substances.”

            “Opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in the Granite State,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle.  “Those responsible for distributing lethal drugs like heroin to the citizens of New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions.  DEA is committed to aggressively pursuing Drug Trafficking Organizations or 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 matter was investigated by the DEA; Homeland Security Investigations; the Massachusetts State Police; the Haverhill Police Department; the United States Marshals Service; the New Hampshire State Police; the Manchester Police Department; the Lawrence Police Department; the Lowell Police Department, the Methuen Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Drug Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith.

            This case was supported 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. 

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Press Release Number: 
18-091
Updated May 25, 2018