Dominican National Sentenced for Fentanyl Trafficking

A vial of fentanyl
A vial of fentanyl

BOSTON, MASS – A Dominican man previously residing in Lawrence was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with drug trafficking activities involving fentanyl.

Cecilio Guzman, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris to 29 months in prison. Guzman will face deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In December 2020, Guzman pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Guzman was charged by complaint and arrested by state authorities on Nov. 20, 2019.

Guzman arranged to sell 120 grams of fentanyl to a cooperating witness for the government. On Nov. 20, 2019, Guzman met with the witness in Lawrence, sold him the fentanyl, and was subsequently arrested.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division made the announcement today. The investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell and Wilmington Police Departments. Special assistance was provided by the Essex District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hassink of Mendell’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

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