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Feds: Brothers ran massive fentanyl ring from Lawrence, Mass., to NH

New Hampshire Union Leader

April 25. 2018 2:28PM
DEA agent Jon DeLena speaks at a press conference announcing a Fentanyl bust at federal court in Concord on Wednesday. (David Lane/New Hampshire Union Leader)

CONCORD — Forty-five people face federal charges after a massive fentanyl distribution network in Massachusetts and New Hampshire was broken up, said law enforcement agencies on Wednesday.

The ring used dispatchers and distributors to channel fentanyl from Lawrence, Mass., into New Hampshire, said U.S. Attorney Scott Murray at an afternoon news conference.

The operation was allegedly run by two brothers from Lawrence — Sergio and Raulin Martinez — according to information distributed by the top federal prosecutor in New Hampshire.

Thirty-two people from the Lawrence area have been formally charged with fentanyl-related crimes.

Another 13 from New Hampshire have been indicted.

On April 9, raids by police seized more than 66 lbs. of suspected fentanyl, more than $500,000 in cash and two firearms.

Murray said several arrested hail from the Dominican Republic and some had entered the country legally; others illegally.

The investigation started about a year ago and involved numerous state, local and federal agencies.

One agency was not a part of it — Lawrence police.

Murray said he thinks the arrests will make fentanyl harder to come by.

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