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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Dover Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

            CONCORD - Preston Elliott, 25, of Dover, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 6, 2019, a New Hampshire State Police trooper conducted a motor vehicle stop in North Hampton.  In addition to the driver, Elliott was the sole passenger in the back seat of the vehicle.  After the driver consented to a search of the vehicle, the trooper found over 503 grams of fentanyl in a bag at the Elliott’s feet.  Elliott also had $1,065 in cash.    

            Elliott is scheduled to be sentenced on February 25, 2021.

            “Fentanyl traffickers are jeopardizing public health and safety by distributing a potent and deadly drug,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “The large quantity of fentanyl involved in this case could have led to many overdoses and deaths.  I am grateful to the New Hampshire State Police and the DEA for their efforts to prevent this significant amount of fentanyl from being distributed in the Granite State.”   

            This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the New Hampshire State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis.

            This investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Press Release Number: 
20-154
Updated November 19, 2020