A New Bedford man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of heroin distribution.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ramon Serrano, 43, pleaded guilty on September 12 in federal court in Boston to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, with the max sentence being 40 years. He also faces at least four years of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 million.

U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled Serrano’s sentencing for January 11, 2023.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a February 20, 2019 search of Serrano’s residence turned up over 544 grams of fentanyl and heroin and over 206 grams of cocaine, divided into separate plastic bags for distribution. Authorities also found about $27,000 in cash, digital scales, cell phones and a money counter.

Serrano was charged in July 2019.

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