Connecticut Woman Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking
CONCORD – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Brandy Rickaby, 34, of Danielson, Connecticut, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 23, 2016, the defendant’s vehicle was stopped by a New Hampshire State Trooper on I-95 for traffic violations. Based on suspicious actions by Rickaby and a male passenger, the Trooper suspected the vehicle contained drugs. A dog conducted an exterior search of the vehicle and alerted to an area near the driver’s side window. Based on his suspicions and the dog’s alert, the trooper impounded the vehicle and applied for a search warrant, which was granted. Inside Rickaby’s purse, the Trooper located two bags of drugs. One bag contained 302.4 grams of a mixture of cocaine, fentanyl and heroin. The second bag contained 33.2 grams of cocaine.
Rickaby, who pleaded guilty to possessing controlled substances with intent to distribute, will be sentenced on November 29, 2018.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners will aggressively investigate and prosecute those who bring illegal drugs into New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “The interstate transportation of Fentanyl has brought with it overdose deaths on an unprecedented scale. Accordingly, we will continue to enhance our efforts to bring those responsible to justice.”
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Hampshire State Police.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Debra M. Walsh.