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Lynn men sentenced for opioid distribution

SALEM — Two Lynn men have pleaded guilty and been sentenced to two years in jail in connection with a major oxycodone distribution operation.

Emmanuel Deleon, 25, and Javier Bello, 22, were sentenced on Nov. 8 in Essex Superior Court to two years in the House of Correction, followed by three years of probation, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.

The defendants pleaded guilty last month to the one count each of oxycodone possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the drug laws, prosecutors said.

Deleon also pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Bello also pleaded guilty to oxycodone distribution, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Deleon and Bello, along with Xavier Rios, 24, of Peabody, were part of an extensive drug network run by Hipolito Gratini, 29, also of Lynn. The defendants were indicted in December 2015 in connection with selling drugs in the Lynn area.

Gratini was sentenced in March 2017 to two years and a day in state prison, followed by three years of probation. Rios was sentenced in July 2017 to serve two years in the House of Correction followed by three years of probation, prosecutors said.

The attorney general’s office began an investigation in June 2015 in conjunction with members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, State Police Gang Unit, and the Lynn Police Department, prosecutors said.

In October 2015, authorities seized 67 oxycodone pills, more than $30,000 in cash and two guns at a Lynn residence thought to be a stash house, prosecutors said.

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