Mass. woman pleads guilty on fentanyl charge

CONCORD — Karina Reyes, 29, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing fentanyl as part of a seven-defendant narcotics case, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Reyes resided with a drug trafficker in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and sometimes provided translation services for him during telephone conversations about trafficking in fentanyl, including making arrangements for specific drug transactions in New Hampshire.

Reyes is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 22.

Co-defendants Billy Damuel Maldonado Cancel, Jose Hiram Martinez Rolon, Samuel Ramos, and Abelino Morales-Padilla previously pleaded guilty to fentanyl trafficking charges in the same case.

“Those who participate in the trafficking of fentanyl will be arrested and prosecuted,” Murray said. “It is vital to the health and safety of the public that we disrupt the distribution of this lethal substance. Law enforcement at all levels is united in the effort to stop traffickers.”