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Providence man sentenced to prison after large amount of fentanyl seized



BOSTON – A Providence man was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Boston in connection with a fentanyl conspiracy.

Dario Bier Romero, 28, of Providence, R.I., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 70 months in prison and four years of supervised release. On July 25, 2019, Romero pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl, and one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

On June 21, 2018, investigators seized approximately three kilograms of fentanyl from Romero and co-defendant Gerson Franco Guerrero during a federal investigation. During the execution of a search warrant at Romero’s residence in Providence, investigators seized an additional kilogram of fentanyl and drug packaging paraphernalia.

Guerrero pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 43 months in prison in July 2019.

United States Attorney Andrew Lelling and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division made the announcement today. Assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police and Woburn and Providence (R.I.) Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

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