For Immediate Release - October 27, 2015

Woburn Man Indicted for Possession of More Than 2,500 Grams of Pure Fentanyl

Authorities Seized 241 ‘Fingers’ of Fentanyl, More Than 900 Pills, Two Guns and More Than $73,000 in Cash; Will Be Arraigned Nov. 4 in Essex and Nov. 19 in Middlesex

BOSTON – A Woburn man has been indicted in connection with a major drug operation in which authorities seized more than 2,500 grams of pure fentanyl, more than 900 pills, two guns and more than $73,000 in cash, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Starling Guerrero, age 23, of Woburn, was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury earlier this month on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (2 counts), Trafficking Oxycodone More Than 100 grams, Use of a Firearm During a Felony, Carrying a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon, Use of a Large Capacity Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of Ammunition.

Guerrero will be arraigned in Essex Superior Court on Nov. 4 and in Middlesex Superior Court on Nov. 19.

“This defendant allegedly had more than 2,500 grams of pure fentanyl, a drug which is estimated to be 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin,” said AG Healey. “Our office will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to get these lethal drugs off of our streets and out of the hands of those struggling with addiction.”

Guerrero was arrested in June in a joint operation involving Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Transportation Drug Unit (TDU), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Lawrence Police Department.

“Opiate abuse is at epidemic levels in Massachusetts and throughout New England,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “Fentanyl is causing overdose deaths across the Commonwealth and DEA is committed to bringing to justice those that distribute this lethal drug. The diversion of prescription pain killers, in this case Oxycodone, contributes to the widespread abuse of opiates, is the gateway to heroin addiction, and is devastating our communities. This investigation demonstrates the strength of collaborative law enforcement efforts in Massachusetts to aggressively pursue anyone who traffics these drugs.” 

Authorities arrested Guerrero in Andover and a search warrant was executed at a Woburn residence out of which authorities allege he ran his operation. In connection with this investigation, authorities seized more than 2,500 grams of pure fentanyl, more than 900 pills, most of which were Oxycodone, two guns and more than $73,000 in cash.

These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

In the continuing fight to combat heroin and opioid overdoses and deaths, Attorney General Maura Healey in August joined with House Judiciary Chairman John Fernandes (D-Milford), the mother of an overdose victim, law enforcement partners and legislative co-sponsors to file legislation that would establish the state crime of fentanyl trafficking. The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed the legislation and AG Healey recently urged the Senate to also swiftly pass the bill.

Shortly before taking office, AG Healey announced the formation of an internal task force to aggressively combat the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in Massachusetts. AG Healey has vowed to use a multi-faceted approach to educate prescribers, pursue illegal drug traffickers and pill mills, and expand access to recovery and treatment programs in order to address this public health crisis.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Gina Kwon of AG Healey’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, with assistance from State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Transportation Drug Unit (TDU), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Lawrence Police Department.