A man from Lynn was sentenced in federal court in Boston for his role in a drug-trafficking organization that manufactured and distributed approximately 7,300 fake prescription pills containing illicit drugs, according to a press release from the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Erick Solis Lopez, 25, was sentenced to 62 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to give up $18,190 in cash, as well as jewelry and two vehicles.
Solis Lopez was among 23 individuals charged in October 2022 in connection with a wide-ranging conspiracy to traffic fake prescription pills. The defendants were then indicted along with two additional alleged co-conspirators in December 2022, according to the DEA. Solis Lopez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute illegal substances.
The drug ring distributed fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl and fake Adderall pills containing methamphetamine, among other things, to different people in the Lynn area.
Solis Lopez was responsible for the distribution of about 7,300 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing undisclosed amounts of fentanyl. He made deliveries of fentanyl pills, powder fentanyl, crack cocaine, and marijuana for the drug ring. Some of these controlled substances were recovered from a vehicle registered to Solis Lopez, which also contained a fraudulent driver’s license bearing his photograph, according to court documents.
Solis Lopez is the third defendant to be sentenced in the case, according to court documents.
The Beverly, Everett, Peabody, Revere, Salem, Saugus, and Swampscott police departments assisted in this investigation.