A Dominican national who used a stolen identity since 1998 is facing federal drug charges for allegedly selling fentanyl even though he knew the drug was so dangerous that he warned “people could die” if they used it at full strength, according to federal court records.
Domingo Garcia Suero was charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and Social Security fraud for allegedly using another person’s Social Security number to register a car and get a Massachusetts driver’s license.
Garcia Suero, 53, allegedly operated his drug-selling business out of a basement apartment at 23 Hamilton Ave. in Haverhill, where he was living under the name of Marcelo Perez, which federal investigators said in court papers belongs to a Puerto Rican man.
Authorities wrote in court papers that Garcia Suero was, under his own name, ordered deported in 1998, an order that apparently has never been carried out. He has never been naturalized, according to court records.
“The alien file does not state that Domingo Garcia Suero ever became a citizen . . . or has any current legal status in the United States,’’ according to court records.
Under that alias, Garcia Suero was twice arrested by Haverhill police and was fingerprinted by that department and by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Garcia Suero was identified as a Dominican national based on fingerprints taken in 1997 in Puerto Rico, according to records.
As part of the investigation that was overseen by the Drug Enforcement Administration, a GPS tracker device was attached to a gray Toyota Camry authorities linked to Garcia Suero. Since September, Garcia Suero allegedly sold about $4,000 worth of fentanyl and pills to an unidentified person working with law enforcement, according to court records.
While selling fentanyl to a cooperating witness this fall, he allegedly told the buyer to weaken the drug before selling it because “people could die” if they used it at full strength, court records say.
Garcia Suero allegedly sold the drugs on four separate occasions in September and October, each time at an intersection in Haverhill, authorities allege, according to the affidavit filed by Haverhill Police Officer Michael J. Shinners, who is part of a task force involving the DEA and local police.John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.