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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Massachusetts Man Sentenced For Drug Trafficking

Contact: Daniel J. Perry
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that Efrain
Urena, a/k/a “Cheech”, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was sentenced by United States District Judge
George Z. Singal to 12 years in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy
to distribute heroin. Urena pleaded guilty to the offense on October 9, 2013.

In late 2012 and early 2013, law enforcement agents learned that Urena supervised a family
drug trafficking operation in Lawrence that, from 2011 until Urena’s arrest in February 2013,
distributed heroin to customers in Maine and New Hampshire. On April 24, 2013, a superseding
indictment was returned charging Urena and thirteen other people with conspiracy to distribute
heroin. The investigation revealed that numerous home burglaries and shoplifting crimes were
committed by Urena’s heroin customers in order to pay for the heroin Urena was supplying.

This case results from a joint investigation conducted by agents with the United States Drug
Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Maine
Drug Enforcement Agency; New Hampshire and Maine State Police; the York County Sheriff’s
Office; the Rochester, New Hampshire Police Department; and the ongoing effort of the Organized
Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law
enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and
dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering
organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

U.S. Attorney Delahanty praised the cooperation among these law enforcement agencies
noting that “this heroin trafficking operation was brought to justice because federal, state, county and
local law enforcement agencies across two states worked closely together.”

Updated January 26, 2015