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Manchester man found guilty in federal court on heroin trafficking charges

November 13. 2017 12:59PM

CONCORD - A Manchester man was found guilty by a federal jury in U.S. District Court Thursday on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin.

Acting U.S. Attorney John Farley said in a release that Alfredo Gonzalez, 50, negotiated to obtain at least 1.4 kilograms (about 3 pounds) of heroin in June and July of 2016 from a Massachusetts-based drug-trafficking operation run by Alberto Guerrero Marte. Authorities followed Gonzalez on July 10, 2016, when he travelled from Manchester to a Lawrence, Mass., restaurant to conduct a deal for 500 grams of heroin, the release said. A police officer later stopped a car driven by a runner for Gonzalez and seized 504.4 grams of heroin, according to the release.

Gonzalez' trial concludes the prosecutions of all but one person arrested in an investigation of a large heroin-trafficking operation, Farley said. Marte, 38, pleaded guilty to a heroin trafficking conspiracy charged and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, Farley said. Michell DeJesus, 34, Luis Rodriguez Lugo, 34, Maria Miguelina Lara, 33, Jonaly Dejesus, 22, Allan Raymond Pimentel, 21, Santo Rodolfo Garcia Mendez, 33, Wilkin Andres Beltre Arias, 39 Edward Garcia, 31 and Luis Colon, 30, have all pleaded guilty and await sentencing, the release says. Allison DeJesus, 19, pleaded guilty and received five years probation, while Pedro Carlos Vicente Guerrero, 48 is scheduled for trial in February, 2018. Two other defendants, Santos Guerrero Morillo, 37 and Heibrahim DelValle Baez, 33, remain fugitives, Farley said.

Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 16, 2018, according to the release.

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