Domincan Woman Sentenced for Bringing Drugs from Lawrence to Sell in NH
CONCORD — A woman from the Dominican Republic will spend 36 months in prison for trafficking drugs.
United States Attorney John. J Farley announced Thursday that Maria Miguelina Lara Lara, aka Maribel Santiago-Ramose, aka La Cuna, aka Miguelina, 33, of the Dominican Republic was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy.
Court documents said Lara Lara participated in a drug trafficking organization between October 2015 and October 2016 during which time she delivered drugs to customers on a daily basis. The Lawrence-based organization distributed heroin to customers from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The defendant pleaded guilty on July 24, 2017, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. The investigation and prosecution of Lara Lara was part of a Drug Enforcement Administration effort to address heroin distribution in New Hampshire.
“Members of the law enforcement community are working together to stop the flow of heroin and other deadly drugs into New Hampshire,” Farley said in a prepared statement. “While we strongly support access to treatment for those suffering from addiction, those who profit from the distribution of these substances will be prosecuted aggressively.”
In addition to Lara Lara’s prosecution, Alberto Guerrero Marte, 38, was sentences to 15 years in prison. His brother, Toribio Guerro Marte was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Allison DeJesus, 19 was sentenced to five years of probation and Jonaly DeJesus, 22, was sentenced to time served and five years of supervised release.
Allan Raymond Pimentel, 21, was sentenced to 57 months in prison and Jose De la Altagracia Pimental, aka Luis Colon, 26, was sentenced to 63 months in prison.
Mitchell De Jesus, 34; Santo Rodolfo, 33; Wilkin Andres Beltre Arias, 39; and Edward Garcia, 31, are all awaiting sentencing.
In relation to the case, Mark Gagnon, 54, of Candia, was sentenced to 48 months.
"The state of New Hampshire is faced with a fentanyl and heroin crisis unlike ever before," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. "Those suffering from fentanyl and heroin addiction need treatment and recovery, but those that distribute and profit from spreading this misery need to be held accountable. This investigation demonstrates the strength and continued commitment of our local, state and federal partners and our strong relationship with the U.S. Attorney's Office."
The case was investigated by the DEA; HSI; the Massachusetts State Police; the Haverhill Police Department; the United States Marshals Service; the New Hampshire State Police; the Manchester Police Department; the Lawrence Police Department; the Lowell Police Department, the Methuen Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Drug Task Force.