February 22, 2017

State of Politics: New fentanyl law puts first 2 behind bars, Gonzalez eyes funds for governor bid as Healey deflects rumored run

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Attoney General Maura Healey

State of Politics is an occasional collection of news and notes from on and around Beacon Hill compiled from the latest reports by State House News Service.

TWO PLEAD GUILTY IN STATE’S FIRST CONVICTION UNDER FENTANYL LAW

In the first conviction under the state’s new fentanyl trafficking law, two Lawrence men pleaded guilty on Friday to running a trafficking ring out of a home in that city, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday

Regla Santana, who also goes by the name Miguel Carrasquillo, and Antonio Rivera were both sentenced by Essex Superior Court Judge Thomas Drechsler to terms of three to four years in state prison, less than half of what prosecutors recommended for sentencing.

“Fentanyl caused opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts to skyrocket to nearly 2,000 last year,” Healey said. “My office is continuing to work hard on all fronts to combat this epidemic, including going after drug traffickers who pump this deadly drug onto our streets.”


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