Worcester Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl and Methamphetamine
BOSTON – A Worcester man pleaded guilty on Dec. 5, 2022 to distributing fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Johanny Torres-Rojas, 56, pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for March 31, 2023. Torres-Rojas was charged by criminal complaint in January 2020 and subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2020. Torres-Rojas was later charged in a superseding Information in November 2022 and pleaded guilty.
Between November 2019 and January 2020, Torres-Rojas distributed fentanyl to a confidential source in at least three controlled purchases. Specifically, on Nov. 20 and Nov. 26, 2019, Torres-Rojas distributed fentanyl pills to a confidential source at a Goodwill Store in Worcester. Later, on Jan. 13, 2020, Torres-Rojas distributed pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine to the confidential source outside of the same Goodwill Store. In total, Torres-Rojas distributed approximately 835 grams of pills containing methamphetamine and 102 grams of pills containing fentanyl.
The charges of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Worcester Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lucy Sun and Samuel R. Feldman of Rollins’ Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.