Lawrence Man Sentenced for Fentanyl Trafficking

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BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for drug trafficking activities involving fentanyl.

Junior Turbis, 22, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 42 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release. Earlier in the hearing, Turbis pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and two counts of distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Turbis was indicted in December 2020.

From 2019 through 2020, Turbis engaged in a drug conspiracy to sell fentanyl and fentanyl analogue to a cooperating witness and to an undercover law enforcement agent in Lawrence. As part of the conspiracy, Turbis delivered and collected payments for the drugs. A search of Turbis’ residence resulted in the seizure of 93 grams of fentanyl and 151 grams of fentanyl analogue. In total, Turbis distributed or conspired to distribute 292 grams of fentanyl and 151 grams of fentanyl analogue.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. The DEA Cross Border Initiative led the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy Kistner and Jared Dolan of Rollins’ Criminal Division prosecuted the case.