CONCORD, NH – United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice and Michael J. Ferguson, the Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division, announced today, Wednesday, that over 20 individuals were indicted on Oct. 5 in federal court in Concord in connection with their alleged participation in heroin trafficking activities.
“Solving the opiate epidemic in New England requires a multi-pronged approach. Part of that solution is to prosecute individuals who are responsible for distributing heroin and who profit on the addiction of others. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute individuals who are responsible for the distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and other opiates. This case is an example of the tremendous partnership among law enforcement agencies. I commend all of the agencies involved in this case for their teamwork and dedication in this investigation,” Rice said.
“DEA is addressing the threat of heroin and fentanyl, both internationally and domestically. We prioritize our resources by identifying, targeting and destroying these extremely violent and very organized cartels,” said Ferguson. “DEA and its law enforcement partners have effectively dismantled the distribution and facilitation elements of this organization that are responsible for putting this poison on the streets of New Hampshire as well as throughout New England. DEA will aggressively pursue organizations or individuals who facilitate heroin and fentanyl by allowing out of state dealers to utilize their residences and provide customers to the dealers in order to profit and destroy people’s lives, and wreak havoc in the Granite State.”
The indictments are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This investigation was the product of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.
The case was investigated by the DEA; Homeland Security Investigations; the Massachusetts State Police; the Haverhill Police Department; the United States Marshals Service; the New Hampshire State Police; the Manchester Police Department; the Lawrence Police Department; the Lowell Police Department, the Methuen Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Drug Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Georgiana L. Konesky and Donald Feith.
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