PORTLAND, Maine — Maine U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II said Wednesday that a Guatemalan man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine.
U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal imposed the sentence Wednesday after Evert Diaz’s guilty plea on Aug. 17, 2010.
According to court records, between February and April of last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement agencies conducted a wiretap investigation targeting a Lawrence, Mass.-based drug trafficking organization.
Based on wire interceptions and surveillance, agents learned that the organization was operated by Diaz, also known as “Sergy DeJesus,” and Santo Bienvenido-Marcano, also known as “Jose Cruz Jimenez,” of the Dominican Republic and that the operation primarily supplied heroin and cocaine to purchasers from Maine.
Over an eight-week period, the organization sold about 650 grams of heroin and 700 grams of cocaine to Maine customers, according to court records.
On April 1, 2010, agents arrested Diaz and Bienvenido-Marcano and searched a residence in Lawrence and two cars used by members of the organization to make drug deliveries. In the residence, agents found equipment used for processing drugs, including a coffee grinder, face mask, digital scale and two hydraulic jacks. Agents found 830 grams of heroin secreted in hidden compartments inside the vehicles.
Singal sentenced Bienvenido-Marcano to 5½ years in prison on Feb. 1. He had pleaded guilty on Oct. 19, 2010, to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine. Diaz received a stiffer sentence because he had four prior felony drug convictions.
DEA agents in Maine and Massachusetts and members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Lawrence, Mass., Police Department took part in the investigation.