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BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for heroin trafficking.

Alexander Martinez-Peguero, 38, who previously resided in Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 30 months in prison and two years of supervised release. In January 2020, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. In January 2019, Alexander was charged along with his brother, Angel Martinez-Peguero, 28, who pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 14, 2021.

On Dec. 20, 2018, investigators seized nearly one kilogram of heroin from the Martinez-Peguero brothers during a law enforcement operation in Lawrence. Investigators also seized a loaded semi-automatic pistol from Angel Martinez-Peguero’s waistband upon his arrest. During a search of the Martinez-Peguero brother’s residence agents seized over $15,000 cash and $17,000 worth of jewelry.

United States Attorney Andrew Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division; and Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

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