14 Individuals from Massachusetts and Connecticut Charged in New Hampshire for Participating in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

14 Individuals from Massachusetts and Connecticut Charged in New Hampshire for Participating in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

CONCORD, N.H. – Fourteen individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury on Monday and charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute, fentanyl, DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.  Those charged in the indictment are: 

Manuel Emilio Delacruz-Diaz, 41, of Lawrence, Mass.

Francisco Valdez-Aybar, 36, of Lawrence, Mass.

Santo Luis Araujo-Guerrero, 48, of Lawrence, Mass.

Edwin Flores, 41, of Lawrence, Mass.

Ramon Jacquez-Diaz, 50, of Methuen, Mass.

Ambiory Monegro-Reynoso, 51, of Methuen, Mass.

Wandy Rosario, 29, of Methuen, Mass.

Maribel Benjamin, 57, of Lawrence, Mass.

Vivian Last Name Unknown (“LNU”) of Lawrence, Mass.

Carlos Patricio Ozuna Gonzalez, 39, of Lawrence, Mass.

Victor Tejada-Gonzalez, 30, of Connecticut

Mikael Canario-Batista, 45, of Lawrence, Mass.

Estiviz Estepan-Ortiz, 37, unknown residence

Danaury Espinal-Lara, 40, unknown residence

Of those charged, Delacruz-Diaz, Valdez-Aybar, Araujo-Guerrero, Jacquez-Diaz, Monegro-Reynoso, Rosario, Benjamin, and Gonzalez were arrested during a coordinated law enforcement action on Wednesday. Tejada-Gonzalez and Canario-Batista were already in custody on other charges.  Espinal-Lara, Estepan-Ortiz, Flores and Vivian LNU have not yet been taken into custody. Those arrested appeared before a magistrate judge on Wednesday. Five of those arrested were ordered detained pending further proceedings. 

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Massachusetts State Police, the Methuen Police Department, the Lawrence Police Department, and the Nashua Police Department.

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