Massachusetts man sentenced to 6 years for drug and firearms charges in NH
CONCORD — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for his role in multiple drug and firearm-related conspiracies.
Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley announced today that Juan Rojas, 32 of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for his participation in two conspiracies. The first was a conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, oxycodone and cocaine, and the second was a conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Rojas and others participated in the distribution of cocaine and oxycodone pills in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
During a court-authorized wiretap investigation, police intercepted calls in which Rojas obtained quantities of oxycodone and cocaine. Police said Rojas then supplied the substances to others, including Franklyn and Mara Morillo, who arranged to distribute the drugs to multiple customers.
Rojas was arrested on Aug. 18, 2015, and officers found approximately 110 grams of cocaine in the vehicle he was operating at the time.
During the wiretap investigation, officers also intercepted calls indicating that Rojas and another individual, Oscar Rosario, were planning to rob a drug dealer.
Intercepted calls showed that Rosario traveled from New Hampshire to Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he obtained a firearm from Rojas. A law enforcement officer later stopped Rosario and recovered the firearm before it could be used to commit the robbery.
Rojas pleaded guilty to his crimes on Jan. 5. After his prison sentence, he will be on supervised release for three years.
Rojas is one of six individuals convicted for participating in this particular drug trafficking conspiracy.
Mara Morillo, 41 of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced to seven years in prison; Franklyn Morillo, 42 of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 14 years in prison; Jorge Medina, 25 of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced to two years in prison; Justin Bartimus, 36 formerly of Methuen, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 18 months in prison; and Michael Lally, 28, of Salem, is awaiting sentencing.
Rojas and Rosario were charged in a separate indictment with conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Rosario previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison.
“The DEA is committed to investigating and bringing to justice those who illicitly distribute oxycodone,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson said. “Opiate abuse is a major problem in New Hampshire and throughout New England. The diversion of prescription painkillers, in this case, Oxycodone, contributes to the widespread abuse of opiates, is the gateway to heroin and fentanyl addiction, and is devastating our communities."