Raynham Woman Sentenced for Role in Taunton Heroin Ring
BOSTON — A Raynham woman was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston for her role in a Taunton-based heroin trafficking operation.
Kayla Wentworth, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to time served (approximately five months in prison) and 42 months of supervised release, with the first six months to be served in home detention.
The sentence is due, in part, to Wentworth’s successful completion of the Court’s RISE Program, during which she completed drug treatment and followed rigorous conditions of supervision designed to insure that she maintained employment, properly cared for herself and her family, and received appropriate mental health and drug treatment counseling.
In June 2016, Wentworth pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin.
After a lengthy investigation, Wentworth and 11 co-conspirators were arrested and charged in July 2015 for their roles in a drug trafficking organization led by Eddyberto Mejia Ramos that sold heroin throughout the Taunton area. Mejia Ramos purchased large quantities of heroin from several wholesale suppliers, and then he and his mid-level associates distributed the heroin to lower level distributors and customers, including Wentworth.
Eleven of the defendants have been sentenced, including Wentworth and Mejia Ramos, who was sentenced in August 2016 to 90 months in prison. The final defendant, Kerem Mendez-Luz, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 4, 2017.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Taunton Police Chief Edward J. Walsh; and Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ted Heinrich of Weinreb’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.
--U.S. Attorney's Office