BOSTON - A Dominican national is sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston for his role in a large-scale drug ring on the Southcoast.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year-old, Manuel Romero-Gonsalez, aka Pablo, has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of heroin and fentanyl.

In October of 2015, Romero-Gonsalez was arrested and charged along with 24 others in connection to a heroin trafficking ring in Southeastern Massachusetts as the result of a 15-month investigation into heroin and fentanyl trafficking in and around Taunton.

17 of the defendants in the case have pleaded guilty, including Romero-Gonsalez.

Romero-Gonsalez was living in Taunton at the time of his arrest. He had been living in Providence, R.I., prior to that.