Second Haverhill Man Admits Role in 2015 Federal Drug Case

Haverhill, Methuen, and Massachusetts State Police were involved in the investigation of this case.

Jorge Medina of Haverhill is the second city resident in a week to admit his role in a 2015 drug conspiracy case in federal court.

Medina, 25, pleaded guilty in a Concord, N.H., federal courtroom on Tuesday, to conspiracy to distribute and possess, with intent to distribute, oxycodone and cocaine.

U.S. District Court Judge Steven J. McAuliffe heard Medina’s guilty plea.

U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice told WHAV that Medina is one of individuals indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 23, 2015 on a number of drug charges. As WHAV reported this week, another Haverhill resident, Franklyn Morillo, 41, pleaded guilty on the case on Friday, Oct. 28.

According to a statement from Gray Rice’s office, Medina admitted that he and others participated in the distribution of cocaine and oxycodone pills in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. During a court-authorized wiretap investigation, law enforcement officers intercepted calls in which Medina sought to obtain drugs for distribution. On one occasion, law enforcement officers arrested one of Medina’s customers and recovered approximately 100 oxycodone pills. The customer later admitted that he had obtained hundreds of pills from Medina, the statement says.

Both Medina and Morillo are scheduled to appear at sentencing hearings in March, 2017.

Another Haverhill resident, Juan Rojas, 32, is scheduled to go on trial in the case beginning Jan. 18. He also was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He is charged in a separate indictment with conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.