Police Seize Kilogam of Fentanyl in Drug Bust

Two Mexican nationals were arrested and charged in federal court in Boston in connection with selling two kilograms of cocaine after a major drug bust on Sumner Street. Through a search warrant federal agents also discovered enough fentanyl to kill everyone and then some in East Boston.

Carlos Acosta Estrella, 31, and his mother, Ana Guadalupe Acosta Grajeda, 56, were arrested on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 and charged in a criminal complaint with one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

According to the criminal complaint, Estrella and Grajeda were arrested by law enforcement agents in Eastie after they were videotaped selling two kilograms of cocaine to a cooperating witness. Federal agents executed a search warrant of the East Boston apartment on Sumner Street where the defendants were located and seized one kilogram of suspected fentanyl, one kilogram of suspected heroin, numerous cell phones, a high-powered tactical shotgun with a laser sight, and a box of ammunition for the shotgun.

According to the DEA officials, two milligrams of fentanyl will kill an adult. One kilogram of fentanyl is equivalent to 1 million milligrams. The amount seized could potentially kill over 300,000 adults.

The charging statute provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release, and a fine of $5 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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