By Tiffany Williams –

Today at the U.S. District Court in Boston, U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper sentenced Francis Jimenez Minyetty, 38, a Dominican national residing in Lawrence, to eight years in prison and four years of supervised release.

Upon completion of his sentence, Jimenez Minyetty will be subject to deportation.

In October 2020, Jimenez Minyetty pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl, distribution of fentanyl and unlawful reentry of a deported alien.

During an investigation, the DEA conducted a total of seven controlled purchases of fentanyl from Minyetty, who was working with co-defendants Enmanuel Brioso Fabal and Guillermo Aybar-Guerrero.

On Nov. 2, 2019, the DEA executed a search warrant at a stash house on Jackson Street in Lawrence, associated with this drug organization and encountered co-defendant Nieves Guzman, who had a kilogram brick of fentanyl in her purse.

At the stash house, the DEA also located various drug distribution paraphernalia, including a mixing bowl containing fentanyl, sifters and blenders.

In total, Minyetty was responsible for approximately 1,109 grams of fentanyl and 146.6 grams of acetyl fentanyl (a fentanyl analogue).

On May 12, 2021, Guzman was sentenced by Judge Casper to time served (approximately 18 months in prison) and will be subject to deportation upon completion of her sentence. 

Brioso Fabal pleaded guilty on April 7, 2021 and is awaiting sentencing.