Lawrence, Mass., man pleads guilty to fentanyl trafficking
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CONCORD — An 18-year-old man from Lawrence, Mass., faces 10 years to life in federal prison after pleading guilty to playing a key role in a fentanyl trafficking ring, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Jepherson Emanuel Cabrera will be sentenced in U.S. District Court on Nov. 29.
U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said Cabrera faces fines of up to $10 million and a term of at least five years of supervised release after he completes the federal prison term.
Murray said Cabrera was part of a drug trafficking ring that authorities allege was led by Sergio Martinez, 28, of Lawrence — a ring that sold fentanyl to customers in several states including New Hampshire.
Each day, Cabrera went out with at least a 200-gram bag of fentanyl and was expected to sell it and return with at least $6,000 in cash, Murray said.
According to court documents, Cabrera sold at least 200 grams on more than 20 different days. He also employed at least one runner to make hand-to-hand transactions with customers, Murray added.
This past June, federal and state partners announced indictments against 32 people in the drug trafficking conspiracy, including enhanced charges against Martinez that included aiding and abetting distribution of fentanyl that caused death.
This collaborative case included the federal Drug Enforcement Administration; the Internal Revenue Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Nashua, Manchester, Lisbon, Littleton and Seabrook police departments; the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office; the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Attorney General’s offices; New Hampshire and Massachusetts state police; and other Massachusetts law enforcement partners.