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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Thursday, May 8, 2014

New Hampshire Men Sentenced For Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

Contact: Daniel J. Perry
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Mitch
Merritt, 30, of Rochester, New Hampshire and Scott Woodman, 29, of Farmington, New
Hampshire were sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal for their
involvement in a heroin distribution conspiracy. Merritt was sentenced to over 12½ years (151
months) in prison and five years of supervised release. Woodman was sentenced to over 5 years
(65 months) in prison and three years of supervised release. The defendants pleaded guilty to the
offense on May 7, 2013.

According to court records, from 2011 until February 2013, Merritt led a group of
individuals who obtained kilograms quantities of heroin in Lawrence, Massachusetts that was
distributed to customers in Maine and New Hampshire by Merritt, Woodman, and
others. Numerous home burglaries and shoplifting crimes were committed by customers to pay
for that heroin.

This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration; the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency;
the New Hampshire and Maine State Police; the York County Sheriff’s Office; and the
Rochester, New Hampshire Police Department; and results from the ongoing effort of the
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a partnership between federal,
state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to
identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money
laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

Updated January 26, 2015