October 02, 2015
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
Six Individuals Indicted For Conspiracy To Distribute Controlled Substances
CONCORD, N.H. - Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith announced that a federal Grand Jury has returned an indictment against six individuals:
Mara (40) of Haverhill, Massachusetts
Franklyn (40) of Haverhill, Massachusetts
Juan (31) of Haverhill, Massachusetts
Justin (34) of Methuen, Massachusetts
Jorge (24) of Brentwood, New Hampshire
Michael (27) of Salem, New Hampshire
All six individuals have been charged with conspiring to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, oxycodone and cocaine. Bartimus is also charged with distributing oxycodone. Rojas also is charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Rojas is currently detained in Massachusetts. The other defendants were arrested on October 1, 2015, and are being held pending detention hearings next week.
The drug conspiracy and distribution charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million and at least three years of supervised release. The firearm charge is punishable by a minimum of five years in prison and as much as life imprisonment, as well as a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.
The charges and allegations contained in an indictment are merely accusations. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
This investigation was the product of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task (OCDETF). The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. This particular investigation involved cooperative efforts of federal and local law enforcement entities, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Haverhill, Massachusetts Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the New Hampshire State Police, and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.