For Immediate Release - September 12, 2017

Two Lawrence Individuals Indicted in Connection With Fentanyl Trafficking Operation

LAWRENCE –  Two individuals from Lawrence have been indicted in connection with running a drug trafficking operation in which authorities seized more than 1,200 grams of fentanyl, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Washin Cuesta Gonzalez, age 34, and Adalgisa Vallego Garcia, age 25, were indicted on Thursday by an Essex County Grand Jury on the charges of Trafficking Fentanyl (one count) and Conspiracy (one count). The defendants will be arraigned on the charges in Essex Superior Court at a later date.

“These defendants brought more than 1,200 grams of fentanyl into Lawrence,” said AG Healey. “Addressing the opiate epidemic and disrupting the sale of heroin and fentanyl are top priorities for my office and we will work with our partners in law enforcement to stop the trafficking of these lethal drugs.”

The charges are the result of a joint federal and state investigation involving the Attorney General’s Office, the State Police Transportation Drug Unit, the Portsmouth Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Hampshire State Police Narcotics and Investigations Unit.

Gonzalez and Garcia were arrested in Lawrence on June 14. Authorities arrested Gonzalez after observing him sell approximately 460 grams of fentanyl. Authorities later seized more than 800 grams of fentanyl and other material used to measure drugs during the arrest of Garcia at a Lawrence apartment. In total, authorities seized approximately 1,260 grams of fentanyl.

This investigation is ongoing. These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Terrence Reidy, Chief of AG Healey’s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crimes Division. The case is being investigated by the State Police Transportation Drug Unit, the New Hampshire State Police Narcotics and Investigations Unit, the Portsmouth Drug Enforcement Administration and with assistance from the Lawrence Police Department.