LOWELL -- A federal program launched to combat fentanyl overdoses led to the indictment of a 24-year-old Lowell man accused of trafficking the drug, authorities say.
Kyle Decologero was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 17 for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
Decologero appeared in court on Tuesday. According to Dena Blanco, spokesperson for the Department of Justice, he will not be detained leading up to his trial, set to begin Jan. 8.
The case was investigated by the Nashua Police Department with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the release states. Decologero's arrest is part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge which has been implemented in the District of New Hampshire and nine other federal districts. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of SOS in July.
"The goal of SOS is to combat the record number of overdoses and deaths related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids," the release states.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is focusing on Hillsborough County, including Nashua, where the highest number of overdose deaths occur, according to the release.
"As part of this initiative, the U.S. Attorney's Office will prosecute cases from Hillsborough County involving the distribution of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other synthetic opioids, regardless of drug quality," the release states.
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