BOSTON — A Methuen man and a Dominican national who resides in Lawrence were indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in connection with a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy.
Carlos Torres, 26, of Methuen, is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Carlos Rodriguez, 19, the Dominican national, is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Both men were arrested April 19.
Investigators received information that day that Rodriguez would be delivering fentanyl in the Lawrence area, according to court documents. After stopping Rodriguez, they seized approximately 150 grams of fentanyl from him.
Pursuant to a search warrant at Torres’ home, federal agents seized approximately 700 grams of fentanyl, a firearm and ammunition, according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.
The charge of conspiracy to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 million.
Conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of the Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case.