Concord – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Steven Guerrero, 19, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 69 months in prison, and Julio Saldana, 19, also of Lawrence, was sentenced to 138 months in prison for participating in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy.
According to court documents and statements made in court, a drug trafficking organization that authorities allege was led by Sergio Martinez, employed Steven Guerrero, Julio Saldana, and others to sell fentanyl to customers from various New England States, including New Hampshire. On each day that the defendants worked, the Martinez organization provided them with at least one 200-gram bag of fentanyl and expected them to sell it and return approximately $6,000 in proceeds. While working for the Martinez organization, Saldana was robbed by a customer and thereafter acquired a firearm for his protection. On March 20, 2019, Saldana got in an altercation with rival gang members which ultimately resulted in a shooting. When the defendant was arrested on charges related to the shooting, officers recovered approximately 160 grams of fentanyl from his pocket.