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Dominican Man Sentenced to 34 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Over 100 Grams of Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Dominican man was sentenced today to 34 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to transport more than 100 grams of heroin from New York to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Bienvenido Perez Lazala, 31, of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Newark federal court to an information charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In January 2018, a Mexican narcotics trafficker provided another individual with Lazala’s name and identified Lazala as someone who could assist in establishing narcotics sales in New Jersey. Lazala was contacted and agreed to obtain heroin to sell in New Jersey.

On Feb. 5, 2018, following a series of intercepted calls, Lazala obtained 955.9 grams of heroin in Haverstraw, New York, for purposes of transporting it back to New Jersey. Lazala then sold the heroin to another individual, who, unbeknownst to Lazala, was a law enforcement officer.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martinotti sentenced Lazala to two years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari Fontecchio of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.

Updated January 16, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 20-028