Medford Man Arraigned for Alleged Possession with Intent to Distribute 330 Grams of Fentanyl
For Immediate Release February 16, 2017
Contact: Press Office
WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Kelvin Concepcion-Soto, 24, of Medford, has been arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court and charged with trafficking fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, distribution of fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine (2 counts). Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan set bail at $100,000 cash. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Tuesday, February 28.
“Fentanyl is a very powerful synthetic opioid that has been found in an increasing number of overdose deaths across the state. As part of our multi-pronged approach to this epidemic, we continue to target large-scale drug distribution operations, like this one, in an effort to get more illicit drugs off our streets and out of our communities,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan.
In this case, the defendant was allegedly found to be in possession of a net total 336.7 grams of fentanyl. Authorities allegedly also found cutting agents, plastic baggies and a digital scale indicative of intended sale of the drugs in addition to 117 small plastic bags of fentanyl in the defendant’s home. Under a new Massachusetts law passed last year, trafficking fentanyl at a high level, defined as more than 10 grams, is a crime.
To provide context, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl can be lethal even at very low levels. Ingestion of as little as 0.25 mg can be fatal.
On August 18, 2016, detectives from the Medford Drug Control Unit while conducting surveillance observed an alleged drug transaction between the defendant and a buyer. When police searched the buyer they allegedly located four bags of heroin sold by the defendant.
A motor vehicle stop shortly thereafter allegedly resulted in the seizure of 14 bags of suspected drugs; 12 of the bags were determined through testing to be fentanyl and the remaining two tested positive for cocaine. A search warrant was executed on the defendant’s home which allegedly resulted in the seizure of 117 small plastic bags that were originally believed to be heroin, but later determined to be fentanyl. The net total of fentanyl located in the defendant’s home was allegedly 336.7 grams. Authorities allegedly also found cutting agents, plastic baggies and a digital scale indicative of intended sale of the drugs.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (MDAO) has seen an increase in overdoses including fatal overdoses due in part to an influx of heroin laced with fentanyl. Drug traffickers frequently mix fentanyl with heroin, without the knowledge of the buyer, putting users at a greater risk of overdose because of the increased potency of the drug, which can be fatal even in very low doses. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent that heroin, and even when diluted with a cutting agent its potency is far greater than that of heroin.
Prosecution of large-scale drug operations is one of the top priorities of the MDAO. As part of a multipronged approach to combatting the opioid epidemic, the office has made the prosecution of high-level drug dealers with complex and intricate schemes to distribute large quantities of heroin and fentanyl a priority.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Kate Hartigan.
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