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Apr 18, 2016 11:07 AM

Two men plead guilty to selling Fentanyl in Southern New Hampshire

CONCORD – Two Massachusetts men pleaded guilty to selling Fentanyl in the Southern New Hampshire area.

Israel Garcia, 56, and Maximo Brito-Tejeda, 36, both of Lawrence, pleaded guilty in federal court to five counts of distribution of Fentanyl and one count of conspiracy to distribute Fentanyl.

During the investigation, officers learned Garcia and Brito-Tejeda were actively selling drugs in the Southern New Hampshire area. Officers used a confidential informant and an undercover officer to set up five meetings in August and September 2015, where the two men sold police approximately 10 grams of Fentanyl. When police approached the men to arrested them Sept. 25, 2015, Garcia fled but was caught within seconds and Brito-Tejeda locked himself in his car and attempted to swallow plastic bags containing additional quantities of Fentanyl.

A search warrant was executed at the home they shared and police recovered a scale, packaging materials and an additional quantity of Fentanyl.

The two men will be sentenced July 14. The statutory maximum sentence for the conspiracy charge is 40 years in prison and criminal fines of up to $5 million. Each distribution charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and criminal fines of up to $1 million.

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