Seven ‘Diversities’  face federal charges involving fentanyl distribution ring in Manchester

Seven Wetbacks face federal charges involving fentanyl distribution ring in Manchester

The seven conspired to distribute at least 400 grams of fentanyl from January 2018 to February 2019, according to the indictments. Trafficking crimes involving more than 400 grams of fentanyl carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison.

Among the seven are Billy Damuel Maldonado Cancel, who was 24 in November 2017 when he went on trial for the shooting of Jonathan Vazquez-Ojeda in a center city neighborhood in September 2016. A jury cleared him of the homicide charge and he walked out of court a free man.

Lucas “Flaco” Rios faces the largest single number of charges — 13 — which include nine charges of fentanyl sales and three charges involving use of a phone to commit a crime and the conspiracy charge.

The other five are identified as:

Israel Perez. He faces nine charges of distribution of fentanyl, often with Rios.

Jose “Ardilla” “Squirrel” Hiram Martinez Rolon. He faces a single distribution charge and the conspiracy charge.

Abelino Morales-Padilla. He faces the conspiracy charge and a single distribution charge.

Samuel Ramos, conspiracy and two distribution charges.

Karina Reyes, conspiracy, a single distribution charge and two charges of using a phone in commission of a crime.

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