Melrose Police involved in this operation with federal authorities.

Department of Justice
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb
District of Massachusetts


Defendant allegedly supplied opioids that led to fatal overdose

BOSTON -Two men -one of whom remains a fugitive -were charged in federal court in Boston with distributing heroin and fentanyl.

Yeffry Reynoso, a/k/a Chris, 26, of Lynn, was charged with one count of conspiring to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin and at least 40 grams offentanyl, and six counts of distribution of heroin and fentanyl. Reynoso was arrested on Nov. 15, 2017, and appeared in federal court in Boston for an initial appearance.

Francisco Tavarez, a/k/a Jose, 21, was charged with one count of conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl, and remains a fugitive.

According to court documents, the federal investigation into Reynoso’s drug activity was prompted by a fatal opioid overdose in Melrose in January 2017. The court documents allege
that, until his arrest, Reynoso was a heroin and fentanyl supplier in the North Shore, and ran an active drug business that employed at least three runners, including Tavarez, to deliver drugs. It is alleged that Reynoso supplied the opioids that led to the fatal drug overdose in January and that he had supplied the victim with heroin/fentanyl on a regular basis for some period in 2016.
It is further alleged that law enforcement, working with a cooperating witness, made four controlled purchases of heroin and/or fentanyl from Reynoso during the spring of 201 7, and
Tavarez is purported to have delivered fentanyl to an undercover agent on one occasion in March.

Reynoso faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, a minimum of four years of supervised release and a $5 million fine. Tavarez faces no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Michael Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; and Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda M. Ricci,

Deputy Chief of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit, is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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