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More charges filed against suspected leaders of fentanyl ring

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 14. 2018 5:55PM
Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig speaks at a press conference about a fentanyl bust at federal court in Concord on April 25, 2018. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER FILE PHOTO)

CONCORD - Federal prosecutors have brought a host of new charges against suspected members of a fentanyl trafficking ring that they broke up in April.

Thirty-two people were charged with participating in a trafficking conspiracy in the first round of indictments. On Friday, the U.S. Attorneys office announced that it was further charging Sergio Martinez, 28, of Lawrence, Mass., with aiding and abetting distribution of fentanyl that resulted in death, possessing firearms in the furtherance of drug trafficking, and money laundering.

Joshua Smith, 29, of Plaistow, and Jesus Rivera, 20, and Julio Saldana, 18, both of Lawrence, were further charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Raulin Martinez, 36, and Luz Perez-Demartinez, 25, both of Lawrence, were charged with money laundering.

The latest round of indictments also included two people not charged in April. Luz DeJesus, 33, and Henry Marte, 21, both of Lawrence, were charged with participating in the fentanyl trafficking conspiracy.

If they are convicted of being part of the conspiracy, the participants will face a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, in addition to a fine of up to $10 million.

The yearlong investigation that led to the indictments culminated April 9 with searches that resulted in the seizure of more than 30 kilograms of fentanyl, two guns and more than $500,000. Prosecutors say brothers Sergio Martinez and Raulin Martinez led the trafficking ring, which transported drugs into New Hampshire.

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