By Anita Cooper –

As the result of a continuing investigation led by the DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, in September 2018, law enforcement began investigating a drug trafficking organization in the Fitchburg area.

It was determined during this investigation that Anthony Baez of Fitchburg was the leader of this drug trafficking organization along with his father, Pedro Baez and co-defendant Monica Troche.

On Tuesday, at the US District Court in Worcester, Anthony Baez was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 156 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

In July, Anthony Baez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, 280 grams or more of cocaine base, and 500 grams or more of cocaine; two counts of distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl and heroin; two counts of distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin and 40 grams or more of fentanyl; and two counts of distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl, 100 grams or more of heroin, and cocaine.

With Court-authorized interceptions of phones used by Baez and other members of the drug trafficking organization and its suppliers, it was determined that Baez and others distributed a fentanyl and heroin mixture, cocaine and crack cocaine on a regular basis to individuals in the Fitchburg area.

During this investigation, it was determined that Baez was responsible for the distribution of over 1.67 kilograms of a deadly fentanyl and heroin mixture, at least 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and at least 10 grams of cocaine base.

This Investigation was initiated following a fatal fentanyl overdose.