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South End man gets 3 years for the 7,000 fentanyl pills he handed to a buyer working with the feds

A federal judge this week sentenced Melvin Cordero of the South End to 37 months in prison after he admitted he gave 7,000 pills made of fentanyl and a fentanyl analog to an informant in the South End, the US Attorney's office reports.

Cordero, 41, and the father of two, pleaded guilty in May to a count of distribution of and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and p-fluorofentanyl.

The informant was working with the DEA as part of "a broader investigation" into the Dominican-based ring for whom Cordero had agreed to make a delivery on March 15, 2022, the US Attorney's office says.

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors had urged US District Court Judge Richard Stearns sentence Corder to 46 months in prison:

Following the transaction, Cordero continued to try to sell fentanyl pills—this time to an undercover DEA agent (the "UC") - and sent photos of available pills to the UC though no sale occurred. The UC also communicated with the individual in the Dominican Republic who tried to sell the UC a pill press that Cordero had. On the date of his arrest, the DEA seized the press from Cordero.

There is no telling what damage Cordero would have done to the community had Cordero's fentanyl pills been released to into the community. His actions helped fuel the opiod epidemic in Massachusetts and beyond.

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For 7,000 counts of attempted murder?

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and if you thought about it a little bit, you'd probably agree that it's not how you'd want attempted murder to work, either.

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Yeah but 3 years doesn't even come close the amount of time people and families will have to spend picking up the pieces behind someone who he sold "pillz" too.

Throw the book at these people and throw away the key. Gotta make it so unattractive that its a deterrent. Maybe "attempted murder" isn't harsh enough. Maybe automatic jail time should be next. You get caught selling this rubbish, 10 years PER PILL. Automatic. Do not pass Go. Do not collect 200 dollars and go straight to jail.

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We've been trying that for a few decades - it used to be called the "War on Drugs". It hasn't worked.

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That doesn't work, either.

Need to control the demand. Of course "my relatives are blameless" is such a convenient way to keep enabling rather than confronting the reality of addict behavior in someone you love.

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GOOD.

Zero clemency for drug dealers that traffic this horrendous epidemic.

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The Duterte approach. That has worked so well.

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