December 06, 2018
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Lawrence woman sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl
CONCORD, N.H. – Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Division Brian D. Boyle and United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Migdalia Cintron-Morales, 38, of Lawrence, Massachusetts was sentenced on Thursday to serve 30 months in prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
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 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-defendant David Alexander Arias was sentenced to 41 months. Other co-defendants, Alvaro Garcia and Ramon Paniagua Perez, have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Cintron-Morales previously pleaded guilty on August 27, 2018.
“The state of New Hampshire is faced with a fentanyl crisis unlike ever before,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle. “Drug Trafficking Organizations and individuals coming from out of state who are responsible for distributing lethal drugs like fentanyl to the citizens of the Granite State need to be held accountable for their actions. This investigation demonstrates the strength and continued commitment of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners.”
“Fentanyl trafficking has made a lethal substance available in the Granite 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 are bringing fentanyl and other deadly drugs into New Hampshire.”
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.