Dominican Drug Dealer gets 22 months in Prison

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETS – A Dominican national previously residing in Methuen was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston to distributing fentanyl.

Milton Elias Lara, 42, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to time served (22 months in prison) and three years of supervised release. Lara will be deported to the Dominican Republic. In June 2020, Lara pleaded guilty to distribution of and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

During the course of an investigation, Lara was identified as a fentanyl distributor operating in the Merrimack Valley. A search of Lara’s apartment resulted in the seizures of approximately 289 grams of fentanyl, 24 grams of cocaine and drug packaging tools and materials.

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Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; and Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by Homeland Security Investigations and the Andover, Billerica, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen and North Andover Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of Mendell’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.