Belmont Residents Plead Guilty to Participating in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy
CONCORD – Luis Gardner, 41, and Heidi Langevin, 44, of Belmont, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced. Garner also pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearms and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Gardner and Langevin sold fentanyl and methamphetamine to an individual who was cooperating with the FBI on two separate occasions at locations in and around New Hampshire. On May 31, 2017, Langevin arranged for Gardner and two other men to purchase fentanyl from a supplier in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The three men drove together from Belmont, New Hampshire to Lawrence. In Lawrence, the men met with their drug supplier, purchased a quantity of fentanyl, and began to drive back to New Hampshire. On the highway near Derry, New Hampshire, the New Hampshire State Police conducted a traffic stop and seized a firearm and a package containing approximately 111 grams of fentanyl.
Gardner and Langevin are scheduled to be sentenced on February 11, 2019.
“Fentanyl trafficking poses a grave danger to the citizens of New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “When drug dealers are armed with guns, the risk to public safety is even greater. In order to improve public safety and enhance the quality of life in the Granite State, we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute drug traffickers and violent criminals.”
This matter was investigated by the FBI, the New Hampshire State Police, and the Laconia Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Z. Krasinski.