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45 years will be imposed on a Dominican for fentanyl traffic

NEW YORK. –  After pleading guilty before the conclusion of a trial that was on the sixth day in federal court in the city of Concord in New Hampshire, Dominican Sergio Martinez decided to plead guilty in an agreement with prosecutors, so it will be sentenced to 45 years in jail, he will have to pay $ 2 million in cash and will confiscate three houses he owns, which he has in Lawrence (Massachusetts), including thousands of dollars he has in two bank accounts in the Dominican Republic at his Name.

Martinez, 29, also participated in a conspiracy to launder drug money, which gave him thousands daily.

He will be sentenced on January 28, 2020, the New Hampshire federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Martinez fell into a police operation in which 34 suspects were arrested and accused of participating in the conspiracy. Many pleaded guilty and await sentences.

The testimony at the trial showed that Martinez, who said in a recorded phone call “what we give is poison,” was addressing dozens of accomplices, including brokers, telephone dispatchers and people who mixed and packed the drugs.

Prosecutors said investigators confiscated more than 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds) of fentanyl from Martínez’s organization during the investigation.

Prosecutors said the testimony showed that there were three groups of clients. The first group ordered the smallest amounts of drugs. The phones that used to communicate with them were in a house known as “The Base.”

Authorities said dispatchers daily answered hundreds of calls from customers who placed fentanyl orders and told them to meet with distributors in Lawrence and Haverhill, Massachusetts, and sometimes in Salem, New Hampshire.

The distributors had 200 grams of fentanyl bags that cost $ 6,000 each. Distributors said they sometimes had lines of 10 to 15 customers, mostly with New Hampshire license plates, waiting for them on the street, prosecutors said.

A second group of customers were served through the so-called “Big Phone”.

They bought between 10 and 200 grams of fentanyl and distributed them themselves.

The third group of customers ordered a kilogram or more of fentanyl and called Martinez directly. The drugs were delivered in taxis.

Prosecutors said drug traffickers testified that they handed Martinez between $ 30,000 and $ 35,000 per day as a result of total drug sales.

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