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Dominican Republic citizen sentenced to more than 5 years for heroin trafficking

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 23. 2018 8:11PM

CONCORD — A citizen of the Dominican Republic will spend more than five years in federal prison for heroin trafficking across two New England states.

Jose De La Altagracia Pimentel Lara, a/k/a Luis Colon, a/k/a Jose Pimentel, a/k/a Todolindo, a/k/a El Lindon, a/k/a Lindy, 26, of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Concord to serve 63 months in federal prison for participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy, acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley announced Tuesday .

Documents filed with the court show Pimentel Lara participated in a drug trafficking organization that distributed heroin in Massachusetts and New Hampshire between July and September 2016.

According to court documents, Pimentel Lara obtained heroin from the drug trafficking organization and delivered it to customers in both states.

Pimentel Lara previously pleaded guilty on September 8, 2017, to conspiracy to distribute, and to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

“The drug problem in New Hampshire is worsened by those who seek to profit from the addictions of others,” said Farley in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who are responsible for distributing the drugs that are endangering our community.”

“Those suffering from the disease of opioid addiction need access to treatment and recovery,” said Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “But those responsible for distributing lethal drugs like heroin to the citizens of New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions. DEA and its local, state and federal partners are committed to bringing to justice those that distribute this poison.”

According to Farley, Pimentel Lara’s prosecution was part of a larger DEA investigation into heroin distribution in New Hampshire.

Other defendants also convicted for their involvement in this drug trafficking organization include Alberto Guerrero Marte, 38, who received a 15-year sentence; Toribio Guerrero Marte, 32, 10-year sentence; Allison DeJesus, 19, sentenced to five years probation; Jonaly DeJesus, 22, sentenced to time served and five years of supervised release; and Allan Raymond Pimentel, 21, sentenced to 57 months in prison. Alfredo Gonzalez, 51, Michell DeJesus, 34, Maria Miguelina Lara Lara, 33, Santo Rodolfo Garcia Mendez, 33, Wilkin Andres Beltre Arias, 39, and Edward Garcia, 31, all await sentencing.

Mark Gagnon, 54, of Candia, was sentenced to 48 months in prison in a case related to this investigation, Farley said.

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