Former Lawrence, Massachusetts, Man Sentenced to 12 Years for NH Drug Sales
CONCORD — After pleading guilty in August, a former Massachusetts man was sentenced Friday to serve 12 years in federal prison for selling heroin and fentanyl in southern New Hampshire.
Rafael Delacruz, a.k.a. “Simba,” 55, previously of Lawrence, Mass., pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to three counts of distributing a controlled substance. Delacruz admitted to selling heroin and fentanyl at a retail store in Plaistow. The hand-to-hand exchanges took place on July 8, Oct. 8, and Nov. 19 of 2015.
According to court documents, Delacruz also admitted to selling fentanyl to a cooperating individual on June 22, 2016, inside a retail store in Epping. Each of the transactions was surveilled and recorded by law enforcement officers and, in at least one instance, on a store’s security surveillance video.
After his release from prison, Delacruz will be required to serve a six-year term of supervised release.
“Those who come to New Hampshire to distribute deadly drugs will be identified and prosecuted,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley. “Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers are working hard each day to stop the flow of fentanyl, heroin, and other drugs from coming into the Granite State. I salute the teamwork of the officers who assisted in this investigation. Thanks to their efforts, this drug trafficker will no longer be damaging our community.”
“Opioid abuse is at epidemic levels across New England and those suffering from opioid addiction need access to treatment and recovery,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “But those responsible for distributing lethal drugs like heroin and fentanyl to the citizens of New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions.”
This case was investigated by the Portsmouth Tactical Diversion Squad of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Berwick, Maine Police Department with the help of the York, Maine and Ogunquit, Maine police departments.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse.