Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Massachusetts Man Sentenced to Over 13 Years for Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl

 PORTLAND, Maine: A Lawrence, Massachusetts man was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Portland for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.

U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced Julio Mejia, 40, to 162 months in prison, five years of supervised release and a $2,000 fine. Mejia pleaded guilty on November 21, 2019.

According to court records, between April 2016 and March 2018, Mejia conspired with others from Lawrence, Massachusetts; New Hampshire; and Maine to distribute fentanyl and cocaine. Mejia acquired the drugs in Lawrence, and they were then sold to others for distribution throughout New England.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Portsmouth Tactical Diversion Squad, the Sanford Police Department, the Maine State Police, the New Hampshire State Police, the Hampton (New Hampshire) Police Department and the North Andover (Massachusetts) Police Department investigated the case.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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