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Mexican man sentenced to prison for conspiring to distribute 9 kilos of fentanyl from California to Massachusetts



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BOSTON – A Mexican man was sentenced for conspiring to distribute nine kilograms of fentanyl bound for Massachusetts from California.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Justice, 31-year-old Ricardo Peinado Rivera was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper to 26 months in prison. On May 24, 2023, Peinado Rivera pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.

In September 2021, law enforcement received information about a person living in the Dominican Republic trafficking fentanyl within the United States. Undercover law enforcement contacted the individual, who offered to sell nine kilograms of fentanyl that would be delivered in California and then driven to Boston. On Nov. 9, 2021, Peinado Rivera was observed delivering the fentanyl to a cooperating source in Ontario, Calif.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement. Special assistance was provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles Field Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel R. Feldman of the Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.



  1. Fed Up

    September 3, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    Over 80K deaths due to the opioid epidemic in 2021 and all he got was 26 months in jail. Just f*cking wow they really sent a message to all those who would replace him. The ” justice ” system in this country is broken and needs an overhall

  2. Mr Jigaboo

    September 3, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    I think we are looking at a plea bargain.

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