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California Man Faces Life for Methamphetamine Trafficking

APR 12 (CONCORD, N.H) – Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and John J. Farley, Acting United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire, announced that Luis Martin Carvajal Gonzalez, also known as Wilfredo Laboy, was sentenced to serve five years in federal prison for distributing fentanyl and heroin, as well as possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute.
Carvajal Gonzalez previously had pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.  According to court documents, Carvajal Gonzalez, 33, sold heroin and fentanyl to an undercover law enforcement officer on multiple occasions in December of 2015.  The transactions occurred at retail stores in Salem, New Hampshire.  On February 9, 2016, the defendant (who previously has used the name Wilfredo Laboy) arrived at a store parking lot in Salem to conduct another drug deal.  When law enforcement officers approached, he ran away and attempted to throw “fingers” of drugs as he fled.  He was apprehended and approximately 156 grams of fentanyl were recovered.  Carvajal Gonzalez, who is originally from the Dominican Republic, was residing in Methuen, Massachusetts at the time of the offenses.  He faces likely deportation after he serves his sentence in federal prison.


 “Opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in the Granite State and those suffering from the disease of fentanyl and heroin addiction need access to treatment and recovery,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson.  “But, those responsible for distributing lethal drugs like fentanyl to the citizens of New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions.  DEA is committed to aggressively pursue Drug Trafficking Organizations or individuals who are coming from out of state to distribute this poison across New Hampshire in order to profit and destroy people’s lives.  This investigation demonstrates the strength and continued commitment of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners.”


In announcing the sentence, Acting U.S. Attorney Farley said, “The United States Attorney’s Office remains committed to identifying and prosecuting those who attempt to profit from the sales of deadly drugs.  We continue to work with our law enforcement partners each day to stop the flow of fentanyl and heroin into New Hampshire and to reverse the escalating number of drug-related deaths in our state.”


This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the New Hampshire State Police, and the Salem, Manchester, and Methuen (Massachusetts) Police Departments.


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