CONCORD – Winfred Pimentel, 25, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was sentenced Monday to 144 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute fentanyl and fentanyl, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 12, 2019, Pimentel sold approximately five grams of fentanyl to a person who overdosed the drug and died. The next day, law enforcement investigating the drug overdose was able to use the victim’s cell phone to contact Pimentel and order additional fentanyl. Subsequently, an undercover DEA agent purchased fentanyl from Pimentel twice in Lawrence, Massachusetts. On December 5, 2019, the undercover DEA agent arranged to purchase approximately 170 grams of fentanyl from Pimentel. Surveillance units stationed at Lawrence located Pimentel in his vehicle before the incident and arrested him. Pimentel had approximately 196 grams of fentanyl in the vehicle. A subsequent search of Pimentel’s home resulted in the seizure of quantities of drugs, money and a firearm.
Additionally, in 2018, Pimentel conspired with several people who traveled from Maine to purchase large amounts of fentanyl from Pimentel in Lawrence for distribution to drug customers in Maine.
Pimentel had already pleaded guilty on March 22, 2021.
“Drug dealers who sell fentanyl are harming lives across New Hampshire,” Acting US Attorney Farley said. “As this defendant has learned, fentanyl traffickers in New Hampshire will face heavy penalties for their illegal and dangerous conduct. We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to put fentanyl traffickers behind bars so that they cannot cause further harm to residents of Granite State. “
“Fentanyl is causing serious damage to our communities,” said Brian D. Boyle, DEA Special Agent. “The DEA will continue to use all available resources to identify traffickers, such as Mr. Pimentel who distributes this poison to the citizens of New Hampshire. The sentence not only holds Mr Pimentel responsible for his crimes, but serves as a warning to those fueling the opioid epidemic.
This matter was investigated by the Maine and New Hampshire branches of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from Somerset, Maine County Sheriff’s Department and Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Department. The case was pursued by New Hampshire deputy US attorney Jennifer Cole Davis and Maine deputy US attorney Raphaelle Silver.