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Woman sentenced to 3 years in federal prison on heroin trafficking charges

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 08. 2018 10:07PM

CONCORD — A resident of the Dominican Republic was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday on heroin trafficking charges, for shuttling drugs from Lawrence, Mass., to customers in New Hampshire.

Maria Miguelina Lara Lara, also known as Maribel Santiago-Ramos, La Cuna, and Miguelina, 33, of the Dominican Republic was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Concord to 36 months in federal prison for participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley said in a press release.

Court documents show Lara Lara participated in a drug trafficking organization between October 2015 and October 2016, delivering drugs to customers of a drug trafficking organization on a daily basis. The Lawrence, Mass.-based drug ring distributed heroin to customers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Lara Lara pleaded guilty on July 24, 2017, to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, heroin.

Lara Lara’s arrest and prosecution was part of a push by the Drug Enforcement Administration to address 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, 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.

“Members of the law enforcement community are working together to stop the flow of heroin and other deadly drugs into New Hampshire,” said Farley in a statement. “While we strongly support access to treatment for those suffering from addiction, those who profit from the distribution of these substances will be prosecuted aggressively.”

“The state of New Hampshire is faced with a fentanyl and heroin crisis unlike ever before,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson in a statement. “Those suffering from fentanyl and heroin addiction need treatment and recovery, but those that distribute and profit from spreading this misery need to be held accountable.”

“This case is a great example of how close cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement can successfully complement the overall fight against the devastating opioid epidemic which has tragically destroyed so many lives nationwide and throughout our region,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Mike Shea, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in a statement.

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