Massachusetts man pleads guilty to fentanyl distribution

CONCORD – U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said Jepherson Emanuel Cabrera, 18, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, a drug trafficking organization that authorities allege was led by Sergio Martinez employed Cabrera to sell fentanyl to customers from various New England states, including New Hampshire.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Its commercial names include Actiq, Duragesic and Sublimaze.

On each day Cabrera worked, the Martinez organization reportedly provided him with at least one 200-gram bag of fentanyl and expected him to sell it and return approximately $6,000 in proceeds, Murray said. On more than 20 days, Cabrera sold at least one 200-gram bag of fentanyl. Cabrera employed at least one runner to conduct actual hand-to-hand transactions with customers, Murray said.

Cabrera is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 29. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life, a fine up to $10 million and a term of supervised release of at least five years.

“Fentanyl trafficking has caused tremendous damage in New Hampshire,” Murray said. “In order to protect the citizens of the Granite State, we will continue to work closely with the entire law enforcement community to stop the flow of this deadly drug. It is imperative that we dismantle the criminal organizations that profit from the sale of illegal substances.”

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. attorneys Georgiana L. Konesky and Seth R. Aframe.