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Lowell Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution Charges

January 30, 2019

BOSTON -- A Lowell man arrested during a federal drug sweep in the Lawrence area last fall pleaded guilty to charges related to distributing fentanyl, federal authorities announced Tuesday.

Edilberto Calle-Alvarez, 24, was one of dozens of defendants charged with federal and state offenses on Oct. 4 in a drug, firearms and immigration sweep.

Calle-Alvarez was accused of selling 20 grams of fentanyl to an undercover police officer during the investigation, according to the Department of Justice. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and distribution and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl in federal court in Boston, according to a press release.

U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin deferred acceptance of the plea until sentencing, which is scheduled for April 22.

Both charges carry a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison along with a minimum of three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release. Each charge may also carry a fine of up to $1 million.

In Lawrence, the arrests part of “Operation Law and Order,” which targeted repeat offenders or people with criminal records who were in the country illegally.

At the time of the arrests, 13 criminal aliens were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be processed for removal.

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