Man pleads guilty to drug distribution charges following NH arrest
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CONCORD — A Massachusetts man has plead guilty to three drug distribution charges after selling heroin and fentanyl at a retail store in Plaistow.
United States Attorney John J. Farley announced Friday that Rafael Delacruz, a.k.a. “Simba,” 55, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, has plead guilty in federal court Friday.
Delacruz sold heroin and fentanyl in hand-to-hand exchanges on July 8, Oct. 20, and Nov. 19, 2015.
Delacruz also admitted in court that he sold fentanyl to a cooperating individual on June 22, 2016, inside a retail store in Epping.
Each of the transactions were captured on the store’s security surveillance video.
Delacruz’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 1. If a plea agreement is accepted by the court, the defendant will be sentenced to serve 12 years in prison.
“Opioid abuse is at epidemic levels across New England and those suffering from opioid addiction need access to treatment and recovery,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “But those responsible for distributing lethal drugs like heroin and fentanyl to the citizens of New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions. DEA is committed to aggressively pursue Drug Trafficking Organizations or individuals who are coming from out of state to distribute this poison in order to profit and destroy people’s lives. In response to the ongoing opioid epidemic DEA and its local, state and federal partners are committed to bringing to justice anyone who distributes these drugs.”