The United States Department of Justice reported that a Dominican was sentenced for distribution of fentanyl in Providence, Massachusetts.
Eladio Andrés Puig Medina, 42, was arrested as part of the “Operation Panamera” investigations that emerged between 2017 and 2018, dealing with the importation and trafficking of fentanyl and cocaine in three areas of New England.
In the sentence, the judge of the United States District Court, John J. McConnell, Jr., sentenced Ocasio to time served, which was approximately 26 months of imprisonment, for which an immigration detention was filed against Ocasio, who will face deportation proceedings.
Raúl Ocasio, as the drug trafficker was also known, was sentenced Tuesday to 26 months incarceration in the United States District Court in Providence.
Puig Medina was arrested after numerous telephone interceptions with Ramón de los Santos, leader of a multi-state cocaine and fentanyl trafficking network.
According to information presented in court, in early 2017 Ocasio had obtained fentanyl from De los Santos.
In mid-September 2017, according to communications between the two, they indicated that Ocasio was making arrangements to buy 500 grams of fentanyl from De los Santos.
Ocasio, arrested in March 2018 and detained in federal custody, pleaded guilty on January 30, 2020 to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl.
The trial of Ramon de los Santos, 28, who confessed that he distributed cocaine and fentanyl in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 16, 2020.
The cases are being processed by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul F. Daly, Jr. and Milind M. Shah.
The case was investigated by DEA and the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force.
Steven de Jesús de León Trinidad
In early May, Massachusetts justice also sentenced 22-year-old Steven de Jesús de León Trinidad, who pleaded guilty to distributing fentalino.
Investigations indicated that on June 11, 2019, De León Trinidad sold fentanyl to an undercover agent in Lawrence.
De León Trinidad was sentenced to 11 months in prison and three years of freedom supervised by Federal District Judge Leo T. Sorokin.
De León Trinidad will face a deportation process.