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Dominican National Sentenced to 54 Months


        for Role in Large-Scale Heroin Trafficking



        Organization



        BOSTON – A Dominican national was  the leader of the Springfield-based drug  ed States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling;
        sentenced  in  federal  court  in  Spring-  trafficking  organization.  Vasquez  ad-  Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason
        field, Mass., for his role in a large-scale  mitted to purchasing between one and  Molina, of Homeland Security Inves-
        heroin trafficking organization.     three kilograms of heroin from Marte  tigations in Boston; Hampden County
                                             on various occasions beginning in Jan-  District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni;
        Mirelvy  Vasquez,  29,  a  Dominican   uary 2016 and continuing through Sep-  Colonel  Kerry  A.  Gilpin,  superinten-
        national  who  previously  resided  in   tember 2016. Vasquez then repackaged  dent  of  the  Massachusetts  State  Po-
        Springfield,  was  sentenced  by  U.S.   his purchases into dosage units for fur-  lice; Springfield Police Commissioner
        District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroi-  ther distribution.                 Cheryl  Clapprood;  Chicopee  Police
        anni to 54 months in prison and three                                     Chief  William  Jebb;  Holyoke  Police
        years of supervised. Vasquez will face  Marte  had  direct  contact  with  heroin   Chief  Manny  Febo  and West  Spring-
        deportation  proceedings  upon  com-  supply sources in the Dominican Re-  field Police Chief Ronald Campurciani
        pletion  of  his  sentence.  In  July  2019,  public. On a monthly basis, members   made the announcement today.
        Vasquez  pleaded  guilty  to  conspiracy  of  the  organization  transported  be-
        to distribute and possession with intent  tween eight and 20 kilograms of her-  Dominican national sentenced to 54
        to  distribute  heroin.  Vasquez  and  17  oin to the Springfield area. Marte and   months  for  role  in  large-scale  heroin
        co-defendants were indicted on heroin  five other co-conspirators have plead-  trafficking organization. (2019, Novem-
        conspiracy charges in August 2017.   ed guilty and are awaiting sentencing.   ber  1).  Retrieved  November  5,  2019,
                                             The remaining defendants have plead-  from https://www.dea.gov/press-releas-
        Vasquez  purchased  large  amounts   ed not guilty.                       es/2019/11/01/dominican-national-sente
        of  heroin,  which  he  then  distributed                                 nced-54-months-role-large-scale-heroin.
        to  various  retail-level  dealers  in  the  DEA  New  England  Division  Special
        Springfield  area,  from Alberto  Marte,  Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle; Unit-




        Over Six Tons Of Prescription Drugs And



        Vaping Devices Collected In Dea Take Back




        PHOENIX – The DEA’s Phoenix Di-      National Prescription Drug Take Back  have been collected since the inception
        vision has finished totaling the amount  Events,”  said  DEA  Phoenix  Division  of the program. Across the country, the
        of drugs collected from those agencies  Acting Special Agent in Charge Apolo-  18th National Prescription Drug Take
        who  participated  in  the  October  26th  nio Ruiz, Jr. “The DEA will continue to  Back Day received and destroyed near-
        National Prescription Drug Take Back  host these Take Backs opportunities with  ly 442 tons. The total amount of pre-
        Day. Arizonans turned out in massive  statewide  law enforcement  and com-  scription drugs collected by DEA since
        numbers  and  disposed  of  12,371.58  munity  partners  to  provide  everyone  the fall of 2010 rises to over 12,700,000
        pounds,  over  six  tons,  of  prescrip-  an opportunity to safely dispose of po-  pounds, or 6,350 tons.
        tion  drugs  and  vaping  products.  This  tentially addictive prescription drugs.”
        amount  is  nearly  2,000  pounds                                         Over six tons of prescription drugs and
        more  than  April’s  Take  Back  Day.   This latest collection was the result of   vaping devices collected in DEA Take
                                                                                  Back.  (2019, November  4). Retrieved
                                             Arizona’s  60  participating  agencies   November 5, 2019, from https://www.
        “Statewide,  Arizonans  demonstrated  who hosted 95 collection points across   dea.gov/press-releases/2019/11/04/
        their continued commitment to fighting  the state, the state’s highest participa-  over-six-tons-prescription-drugs-and-va-
        the opioid epidemic by delivering over  tion  ever.  Cumulatively  in  Arizona,  ping-devices-collected-dea-take.
        six tons of drugs for disposal at DEA’s  over 179,449 pounds, or over 89 tons



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