Lowell Men Face Life in Prison on Charges of Drug Trafficking
LOWELL -- A pair of Lowell residents, including a 20-year-old wanted for homicide in Pennsylvania, face sentences of up to life in prison following charges of heroin and fentanyl trafficking, authorities say.
Joshua Ramos-Rios, 30, and Anderson Daniel Jorge Cruz, 20, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and fentanyl, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
More than one kilogram of suspected heroin and fentanyl was seized from the Lowell men during an undercover operation by federal, state and local law enforcement on Jan. 23, the release states.
Cruz has an outstanding warrant for a homicide charge out of Allentown, Pa., about 60 miles north of Philadelphia, according to the release. Ramos-Rios is allegedly on parole in Massachusetts for drug and firearm offenses.
The trafficking charges include a mandatory minimum of 10-years and a mandatory of life in prison, a fine of $10 million, and a minimum of five years of supervised release.
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