- Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
Media Contact for Lawrence Woman Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Prison in Connection with Drug Trafficking
Salem — A Lawrence woman has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to up to nine years in state prison in connection with trafficking heroin, fentanyl and cocaine, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Lillian Colon, 45, pleaded guilty Monday in Essex Superior Court to Trafficking Heroin over 36 Grams (four counts), Trafficking Fentanyl over 10 Grams (three counts), Trafficking Cocaine over 18 Grams (one count), Distribution or Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (seven counts), and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws (one count). Following the plea, Judge Thomas Drechsler sentenced Colon to seven to nine years in state prison.
“This defendant committed very serious crimes by supplying deadly drugs across the North Shore,” said AG Healey. “We will continue our work to combat the opioid epidemic and aggressively prosecute traffickers who are putting fentanyl and heroin in our communities.”
Colon was arrested in March 2018 with her son, Shawn Moreno, 21, of Lawrence, as a result of a joint investigation through the AG’s Fentanyl Strike Force by the State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the State Police Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team (CINRET), the Woburn Police Department, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.
The AG’s Office became involved after the Woburn Police Department opened an initial investigation into suspected drug trafficking and referred the matter to the AG’s Office. Authorities seized 264 grams of heroin and/or fentanyl, 23 grams of crack cocaine, more than $1,500 in cash, drug packaging materials and digital scales both during the arrest and from the execution of a search warrant at a Lawrence residence.
The AG’s Office has been working closely with federal, state and local partners to combat illegal drug trafficking. AG Healey formed a Fentanyl Strike Force to more aggressively combat the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in New England. Last year, the Office announced the Fentanyl Strike Force had been awarded a nearly $3 million grant to expand its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and disrupt drug and fentanyl trafficking throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The AG’s Office won this grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services Anti-Heroin Task Force and was one of just 17 proposals funded nationally and the only awarded in New England.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Division Chief Megan McLaughlin of AG Healey’s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crime Division.