News Release
June 24, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Marijuana Conspiracy and Possession With Intent to Distribute Oxycontin

JUN 24 -- CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE : David Coulombe, 29, of Manchester, New Hampshire plead guilty yesterday in United States District Court to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute OxyContin. Coulombe faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and is being detained pending sentencing. Sentencing is scheduled for October 1, 2010, announced Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney John P. Kacavas

On February 24, 2009, agents observed co-conspirators travel to a restaurant in Manchester, NH and then to a residence in Manchester, NH. The defendant, David Coulombe, was observed exiting the residence and loading a large bag into a car. Manchester Police subsequently stopped the car for a violation. As police approached the driver’s side window, they detected a strong odor of marijuana. Police observed a large black bag on the back seat of the car and called for a drug detection dog who indicated to the presence of drugs within the car. An investigation revealed that a Canadian organization used couriers to carry marijuana, packaged in large, black hockey bags into the United States for distribution. Police obtained a search warrant and determined that the duffle bag contained 100 bags of marijuana as well as additional marijuana within the vehicle, totaling approximately 57 pounds of the drug. Police also located plastic bags containing 203 pills, each marked “OC” “80.” The pills were determined to be the prescription pain killer, OxyContin, containing the controlled substance, Oxycodone.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Manchester Police Department investigated this case.