A Lebanon man has been sentenced to life in prison for heading a drug trafficking operation that sold about $5 million worth of heroin, cocaine, and crack.
Julio Aviles Sr., 49, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for various drug trafficking and firearms offenses. He was convicted after a trial in April 2017.
U.S. Attorney David Freed said Aviles, a previously convicted drug dealer, owned and operated a “heroin mill” in a garage at 513 Arnold Street where kilogram amounts of heroin were processed on a weekly basis.
Freed said Aviles employed a network of sellers, testers who operated as quality assurance inspectors, and others who were paid about $500 a week to package heroin and mix it with fentanyl, morphine, and other drugs.
Aviles’s ring operated for about two years before authorities raided 513 Arnold and 443 North Sixth Street in May 2015. Police seized 400 grams of bulk heroin worth more than $500,000, about 90 grams of cocaine, 70 grams of crack cocaine, packaging materials, and 19 guns during the raid.
Thirteen others were charged for their roles in the operation including Aviles’s son, 24-year-old Julio Aviles Jr. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 28 months in prison.