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Two Massachusetts Men Plead Guilty To Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy, Says U.S. Attorney

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

 

Israel Garcia, 56, of Lawrence, Massachusetts and Maximo Brito-Tejeda, 36, a citizen of the Dominican Republic (who most recently residing in Lawrence, Massachusetts) pleaded guilty in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to five counts of distribution of the Schedule II controlled substance fentanyl and one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, said United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice on Monday. 

According to Justice, during a law enforcement investigation, officers received information from a cooperating source indicating that Garcia and an individual later identified as Brito-Tejeda were actively involved in the distribution of drugs in and around the Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire areas.

In addition, law enforcement officers used the cooperating individual and an undercover officer to make controlled purchases of the Schedule II narcotic controlled drug fentanyl from Garcia and Brito-Tejeda on five occasions in August and September, 2015. On each occasion, Garcia and Brito-Tejeda met the cooperating individual and/or the undercover officer in New Hampshire and sold them approximately ten grams of fentanyl.

The Justice Department said:

On September 25, 2015, officers approached Garcia and Brito-Tejeda in an attempt to arrest them.  Garcia fled but was apprehended within seconds and Brito-Tejeda locked himself in his car, emptied bags containing fentanyl onto the floor mat and poured his drink over the drugs. He also attempted to swallow plastic bags containing additional quantities of fentanyl. That same day, the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at the residence occupied by Brito-Tejeda where Garcia and Brito-Tejeda stored and packaged drugs. A scale, packaging materials, and an additional quantity of fentanyl were recovered at this residence.

Garcia and Brito-Tejeda will be detained pending sentencing hearings which are both presently scheduled for July 14, 2016.  The statutory maximum sentence for the conspiracy charge is forty years in prison and criminal fines of up to $5,000,000.  Each distribution charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of twenty years in prison and criminal fines of up to $1,000,000.  The actual sentences will be determined by the court at sentencing after a presentence investigation report is completed.

            The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Georgiana L. Konesky and Seth Aframe.

 

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#50

Doctor: BOGDAN NEDELESCU

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine

Drug Company Money: $7,711

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#49

Doctor: NIKOLAOS KAKOUROS

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Drug Company Money: $7,787

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#48

Doctor: DANIEL TANENBAUM

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Drug Company Money: $8,430

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#47

Doctor: J.Lock

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Drug Company Money: $8,459

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#46

Doctor: PETER TOMAIOLO

Field: Other Service Providers/Specialist

Drug Company Money: $8,711

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#45

Doctor: DAVID HARLAN

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Drug Company Money: $8,734

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#44

Doctor: WALTER ETTINGER

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine

Drug Company Money: $8,926

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#43

Doctor: STANLEY TAM

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)

Drug Company Money: $8,993

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#42

Doctor: JAN CERNY

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Hematology & Oncology

Drug Company Money: $9,004

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#41

Doctor: ROBERTO BOMPREZZI

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology

Drug Company Money: $9,015

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#40

Doctor: PATRICK CONNOLLY

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Orthopaedic Surgery

Drug Company Money: $9,422

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#39

Doctor: SALEEM KHANANI

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Hematology & Oncology

Drug Company Money: $10,432

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#38

Doctor: CHRISTIAN DIPAOLA

Field:  Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Orthopaedic Surgery

Drug Company Money: $10,501

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#37

Doctor: KEVIN FLOYD

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Drug Company Money: $10,521

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#36

Doctor: CHRISTOPHER VINTON

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Orthopaedic Surgery

Drug Company Money: $10,547

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#35

Doctor: MICHAEL BRADBURY

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Ophthalmology

Drug Company Money: $11,285

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#34

Doctor: SPIRO KHOURY

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine

Drug Company Money: $11,569

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#33

Doctor: CAROLINA IONETE

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology

Drug Company Money: $12,513

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#32

Doctor: CURUCHI ANAND

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine

Drug Company Money: $14,792

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#31

Doctor: CHARLES BIRBARA

Field: Other Service Providers/Specialist

Drug Company Money: $15,061

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#30

Doctor: JENNIFER PAPPALARDO

Field: Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Service Providers/Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgery

Drug Company Money: $15,218

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#29

Doctor: LAWRENCE GARBER

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine

Drug Company Money: $15,357

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#28

Doctor: THEO MEYER

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Drug Company Money: $16,199

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#27

Doctor: JOHN WIXTED

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Orthopaedic Surgery

Drug Company Money: $16,292

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#26

Doctor: LLOYD FISHER

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Pediatrics

Drug Company Money: $16,939

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#25

Doctor: SETH KATES

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Dermatology

Drug Company Money: $17,106

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#24

Doctor: WILLIAM BALCOM

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Orthopaedic Surgery

Drug Company Money: $17,189

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#23

Doctor: IRA OCKENE

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Drug Company Money: $20,250

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#22

Doctor: ALAN ROTHMAN

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease

Drug Company Money: $21,366

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#21

Doctor: MARK PRICE

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Orthopaedic Surgery

Drug Company Money: $21,649

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#20

Doctor: KRISHNA KANDARPA

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology

Drug Company Money: $22,864

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#19

Doctor: DAVID CAVE

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

Drug Company Money: $26,454

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#18

Doctor: CHRISTOPHER MACOMBER

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Surgery

Drug Company Money: $27,285

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#17

Doctor: RAYMOND DUNN

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Drug Company Money: $28,671

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#16

Doctor: BONNIE WEINER

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Drug Company Money: $28,951

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#15

Doctor: HERBERT MARKLEY

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology

Drug Company Money: $35,233

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#14

Doctor: SARAH CUTRONA

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine

Drug Company Money: $37,108

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#13

Doctor: YARON GOLDMAN

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

Drug Company Money: $41,206

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#12

Doctor: ITALO LINFANTE

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology

Drug Company Money: $63,654

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#11

Doctor: JEAN MARIE HOUGHTON

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

Drug Company Money: $63,972

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#10

Doctor: MOHAMAD OCH

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry

Drug Company Money: $74,245

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#9

Doctor: FREDERIK PENNINGS

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Neurological Surgery

Drug Company Money: $80,495

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#8

Doctor: JAY MARLIN

Field: Dental Providers/Dentist, Endodontics

Drug Company Money: $90,669

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#7

Doctor: BILAL PIPERDI

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Hematology & Oncology

Drug Company Money: $95,534

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#6

Doctor: GEORGE ABRAHAM

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine

Drug Company Money: $97,836

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#5

Doctor: JONATHAN KAY

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Drug Company Money: $121K

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#4

Doctor: ANDRES SCHANZER

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Drug Company Money: $126K

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#3

Doctor: BRIAN BUSCONI

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Orthopaedic Surgery

Drug Company Money: $209K

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#2

Doctor: TARIQ MUGHAL

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Internal Medicine, Hematology & Oncology

Drug Company Money: $432K

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Doctor: AJAY WAKHLOO

Field: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians/Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology

Drug Company Money: $1.01 Million

 
 

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