Heroin Trafficker Found Guilty After Police Bring Down Large Operation
CONCORD — A Manchester man was found guilty Thursday of heroin trafficking charges, concluding the prosecutions of all but one of those arrested in October 2016 following an investigation into a large heroin trafficking operation.
Alfredo Gonzalez, 50, was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 16, 2018.
Evidence presented at the trial established that Gonzalez was a Manchester-based heroin trafficker who purchased heroin from a Massachusetts-based drug trafficking organization run by Alberto Guerrero Marte.
The trial evidence proved that Gonzalez negotiated deals to obtain at least 1.4 kilograms of heroin in June and July 2016.
On July 10, 2016, surveillance agents followed Gonzalez from Manchester to a restaurant in Lawrence, where Gonzalez met Marte and others to conduct a deal for 500 grams of heroin. A law enforcement officer later stopped a vehicle operated by a runner for Gonzalez and seized 504.4 grams of heroin.
The trial of Gonzalez concludes the prosecutions of all but one of those arrested in October 2016 following an investigation into a large heroin trafficking operation.
Alberto Guerrero Marte, 38, pleaded guilty to a heroin trafficking conspiracy charge and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. Michell DeJesus, 34, Luis Rodriguez Lugo, 34, Maria Miguelina Lara, 33, Jonaly Dejesus, 22, Allan Raymond Pimentel, 21, Santo Rodolfo Garcia Mendez, 33, Wilkin Andres Beltre Arias, 39, Edward Garcia, 31, and Luis Colon, 30, all have entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing. Allison DeJesus, age 19, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years of probation.
One remaining defendant, Pedro Carlos Vicente Guerrero, 48 is scheduled for trial in February of 2018. Two other defendants, Santos Guerrero Morillo, 37, and Heibrahim DelValle Baez, 33, are fugitives.
This matter was investigated by the DEA; Homeland Security Investigations; the MA State Police; the U.S. Marshals Service; the NH State Police; the Manchester, Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill, and Methuen Police Departments; and the Hillsborough County Drug Task Force.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith.