For Immediate Release - September 13, 2017

Lawrence Man Indicted in Connection With Trafficking Fentanyl

LAWRENCE –  A Lawrence man has been indicted in connection with allegedly trafficking fentanyl, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Jorge G. Orta, a.k.a. Jorge Gomes, age 37, was indicted today by an Essex County Grand Jury on the charges of Trafficking Fentanyl (one count), Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl, a Class B Substance, as a Second and Subsequent Offense (one count), Resisting an Arrest (one count) and Furnishing a False Name at Arrest (one count). Orta will be arraigned on the charges in Essex Superior Court at a later date.

Orta was arrested in Lawrence in March 2017 by State Police assigned to the AG’s Office with assistance from the State Police Transportation Drug Unit, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Lawrence Police.

Authorities arrested Orta just as he approached an undercover police vehicle to execute a prearranged sale of 100 grams of fentanyl.  During the arrest, while running away from and attempting to flee from authorities, Orta threw a clear plastic bag, which was later determined to weigh approximately 100 grams and found to contain fentanyl.  

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Cesar Vega, of AG Healey’s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crimes Division. The case was investigated by State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Transportation Drug Unit, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Lawrence Police Department and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab.