Lynn Mother and Son Sentenced to Federal Prison for Running a Fentanyl Pill Trade Ring

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Vincent and Laurie Caruso, along with two other people, were charged last year with distributing fake prescription pills containing fentanyl to street gangs north of Boston.

A mother and son from Lynn have been sentenced to federal prisons for running a fentanyl pill trafficking organization that prosecutors called a “family business” on the North Shore, The US law firm said this on Thursday.

Vincent Caruso, 27, a known member of the Crips street gang, and Laurie Caruso, 52, along with two other people, were charged last year with distributing fake prescription pills containing fentanyl to street gangs north of Boston, the Globe reported. Vincent Caruso, also known by the street name “Fatz”, was sentenced to 250 months or more than 20 years, in prison five years on supervised release, the US law firm said in a statement. His mother, Laurie Caruso, 52, was sentenced to nine years in prison and four years of supervised release, the release said.

Vincent pleaded guilty on March 15 to charges including one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess 400 grams or more of fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and other controlled substances, the statement said. He also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess firearms in aid of a drug trafficking offense, possession of firearms in aid of a drug trafficking offense, conspiracy to disrupt commerce through theft (Hobbs Act robbery); and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the statement said.

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