Auburn Man Sentenced To 42 Months For Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses
CONCORD - Joshua Simard, 31, of Auburn, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for drug trafficking and firearms offenses, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 31, 2018, law enforcement officers encountered Simard at a hotel in Bedford. Officers seized two backpacks from Simard, which contained, among other things, a handgun, ammunition, over $6,000 in cash, over 150 grams of cocaine, digital scales, and a suspected drug ledger.
Simard previously pleaded guilty on June 12, 2019.
“Possessing or using a gun during a drug deal is a guaranteed ticket to federal prison,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Armed drug dealers present a substantial threat to the safety of our communities. In order to maintain public safety, we will aggressively prosecute drug dealers who carry firearms.”
“As we all know, drug trafficking, along with the gun and physical violence that often accompanies it, ravages the very foundations of our families and communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle. “Today’s sentence not only holds Mr. Simard accountable for his crimes but serves as a warning that DEA and its local, state and federal law enforcement partners will do everything in our power to bring to justice anyone who engages in these crimes.
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bedford Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Krasinski.