A federal judge sentenced a Fitchburg man to over 5 years in prison on Thursday, April 22, on charges related to fentanyl distribution.
Sebastian Batista, 27, faces 63 months in prison after a conviction for possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.
According to the US Attorney’s office, over the course of several phone calls, Batista agreed to sell 200 grams of fentanyl to a cooperating witness on February 28, 2019. When Batista arrived at a scheduled meeting, he was arrested.
Police found around 200 grams of fentanyl underneath the driver’s seat of Batista’s Jeep Cherokee.
A judge found Batista guilty in November 2020 after a bench trial.