U.S Attorney Emily Gray Rice.
A Haverhill man, the latest to plead guilty in connection with a 2015 federal drug conspiracy case, faces sentencing next March in Concord, N.H.
Franklyn Morillo, 41, of Haverhill, pleaded guilty last Friday in U.S. District Court, Concord, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute, oxycodone and cocaine. Morillo appeared before U. S. District Court Judge Steven J. McAuliffe to enter his guilty plea, according to U.S Attorney Emily Gray Rice. Morillo is one of six individuals indicted by a federal grand jury Sept. 23, 2015, and charged with conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, controlled substances.
“Morillo admitted that he and others participated in the distribution of cocaine and oxycodone pills in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Over $18,000 in cash and a quantity of cocaine were seized from his residence in Haverhill during the execution of a search warrant in August of 2015. Morillo was arrested Oct. 1, 2015. A quantity of oxycodone pills and over $2,000 in cash were recovered from his residence at the time of his arrest,” a statement reads.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for March 7, 2017.
The other defendants are: Mara Morillo, 41, of Haverhill; Juan Rojas, 32, of Haverhill; Justin Bartimus, 35, formerly of Methuen; Jorge Medina, 25, of Haverhill; and Michael Lally, 28, of Salem, N. H. Lally, Bartimus, and Mara Morillo have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Medina and Rojas are awaiting trial. Rojas also was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He is further charged in a separate indictment with conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.