☷Alleged Trinitarios Gang Member Who Trafficked 27 Guns Ammunition Cocaine and Crack Cocaine Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison
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Alleged Trinitarios Gang Member Who Trafficked 27 Guns , Ammunition , Cocaine and Crack Cocaine Sentenced to More than Five Years in Prison Convicted felon sold 27 guns , ammunition , bulletproof vest and drugs to a cooperating witness BOSTON – An alleged member of the Trinitarios street gang was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with trafficking firearms , ammunition , heroin , fentanyl , cocaine and crack cocaine in the Greater Lawrence area . Jose Omar Hernandez - Aragones , 24 , of Lawrence , was sentenced by U . S . District Court Judge Leo T . Sorokin to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release . On Nov . 30 , 2021 , Hernandez - Aragones pleaded guilty to four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm; one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine; and one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base , commonly known as crack cocaine . Hernandez - Aragones was indicted and arrested in November 2019 as part of a sweep targeting federal and state offenders , including members and associates of the Trinitarios street gang in the Greater Lawrence area . Beginning in 2017 , law enforcement conducted an investigation into the members , associates and suppliers of the Trinitarios operating in the Greater Lawrence area . The Trinitarios is a street gang originating in the New York area with increased presence in Lawrence and the surrounding communities . According to court documents , many Trinitarios members are involved in a broad range of illegal activities including , but not limited to , firearms and drug trafficking as well as violent crimes undertaken to protect the interests of the gang and its members . During the investigation , Hernandez - Aragones sold 27 guns , ammunition , and approximately 27 . 5 grams of fentanyl/heroin , 83 grams of cocaine and 33 grams of cocaine base over the course of 14 controlled purchases between May and July 2018 . This included two handguns and ammunition for $1 , 900 on May 16 , 2018; a bulletproof vest , a loaded 9 mm handgun , a SKS rifle and a magazine containing ammunition for the rifle on June 4 , 2018; two handguns and approximately 55 . 4 grams of a substance containing cocaine on July 3 , 2018; as well as three guns , one of which was stolen , and approximately 8 . 7 grams of a substance containing crack cocaine on July 13 , 2018 . Hernandez - Aragones is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to a 2016 conviction of assault that was punishable by more than one year in prison . United States Attorney Rachael S . Rollins; Joseph R . Bonavolonta , Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation , Boston Division; James Ferguson , Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives , Boston Field Division; Matthew B . Millhollin , Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations , Boston Field Division; Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W . Blodgett; Colonel Christopher Mason , Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections; and Lawrence Police Chief Roy P . Vasque made the announcement . Assistant U . S . Attorney John Mulcahy of Rollins’ Criminal Division prosecuted the case . The details contained in the charging documents are allegations . The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law .
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