A 36-year-old Haverhill man was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl following his indictment by a federal grand jury.
Sergio Garcia made an initial appearance Thursday in federal court in Boston and was ordered held pending a detention hearing scheduled for next Tuesday, according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office. Garcia was indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and one count of possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.
According to the indictment, Garcia was in possession of the fentanyl in Boston and Haverhill this spring, between April 20 and 23.
The charge of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million.
The operation was conducted by a multi-agency task force through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Lelling’s office credited Haverhill Police with providing “valuable assistance with the investigation.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.