Harwich Man Sentenced for Fentanyl Conspiracy

Eight years in prison...

BOSTON – A Harwich man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for fentanyl conspiracy.

Dean Viprino, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to eight years in prison and five years of supervised release. In December 2017, Viprino pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Viprino is currently in state custody on an unrelated matter.

Viprino was part of a drug trafficking organization that distributed large quantities of fentanyl, cocaine and heroin on Cape Cod. From April 2017 through August 2017, investigators intercepted phone calls and text messages from this drug organization. Wiretap interceptions, physical surveillance, and drug seizures demonstrated that Viprino had been purchasing fentanyl from this drug trafficking organization for personal use and re-distribution. Other members of the drug trafficking organization are either pending trial or awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; and Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Colonel Kerry Gilpin made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric Rosen, Alathea Porter, and Philip Cheng of Lelling’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

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