Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

July 28, 2017

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: (617) 557-2100

Dominican National Sentenced For Heroin, Fentanyl Trafficking

BOSTON - Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA’s New England Division and Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb announced that Eric Matos, 37, a Dominican national residing in Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to 121 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Matos, who has previously been deported, will be deported again upon completion of his sentence. On March 8, 2017 Matos pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin.

In October 2015, Matos was arrested and charged along with 24 others in connection with a heroin trafficking ring operating in southeastern Massachusetts; an April 2016 superseding indictment brought the number of defendants charged in the case to 26. These charges are the result of a 15-month investigation into heroin and fentanyl trafficking in Taunton and surrounding communities.

Matos supplied at least 200 grams of heroin and at least 296 grams of fentanyl to the drug operation led by co-defendant Dedwin Cruz-Rivera and his brothers Francis Gonsalez-Romero and Manuel Romero-Gonsalez. Matos supplied other heroin and fentanyl dealers as well.

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