Lawrence Man Sentenced to 41 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl
CONCORD – David Alexander Arias, 31, a Lawrence, Massachusetts resident, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, announced United States Attorney Scott W. Murray.
According to court documents and statements made in court, the defendant participated with three co-defendants in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl into New Hampshire. On several occasions, the defendant and a co-defendant traveled into Nashua and Salem, New Hampshire to meet a New Hampshire distributor to provide that individual with fentanyl to redistribute in and around the Manchester, New Hampshire area. The conspiracy involved in excess of 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl.
Co-defendants Migdalia Cintron, Alvaro Garcia and Ramon Paniagua Perez have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Arias previously pled guilty on August 15, 2018.
“Fentanyl trafficking makes a lethal substance immediately available for purchase in this state” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Overall, the results have been catastrophic for drug users and their families. In order to curtail trafficking, we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute the drug dealers who do business here.”
“DEA is committed to investigating Drug Trafficking Organizations and individuals like Mr. Arias who are responsible for distributing lethal drugs like fentanyl to the citizens of New Hampshire,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle. “Let this sentence be a warning to those traffickers who are coming from out of state to distribute this poison in order to profit and destroy people’s lives. DEA’s top priority is combatting the opioid epidemic by working with our local, county, state and federal partners to bring to justice anyone who distributes deadly drugs.”
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Aframe.
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