Hector Torres Rosario of Lawrence Sentenced to Over Six Years in Prison for Trafficking Fentanyl and Cocaine


BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, in federal court in Worcester for conspiring to traffic fentanyl and cocaine in central and eastern Massachusetts.

Hector Torres Rosario, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Margaret R. Guzman to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In May 2023, Torres Rosario pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl.

From April to July 2022, Torres Rosario was responsible for brokering and assisting co-conspirators in the sale and transportation of cocaine and fentanyl in furtherance of a criminal drug conspiracy. Torres Rosario was indicted in September 2022 along with 21 other co-defendants from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; and Ketty Larco-Ward, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Marshals Service, Massachusetts State Police, Southbridge Police Department, Lawrence Police Department, Essex County Sherriff’s Department and Worcester County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen W. Hassink of the Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.

This investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.