California Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine in California and New Hampshire
CONCORD - Randy Stevens, 29, of Farmington, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess fentanyl with intent to distribute and possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 30, 2018, an individual who was cooperating with law enforcement officers advised that Stevens planned to travel from Rochester, New Hampshire to the Lawrence, Massachusetts area in a pickup truck to purchase a large quantity of fentanyl. Later the same day, law enforcement officers observed the truck travel from Rochester to a liquor store in Lawrence. After the vehicle returned to New Hampshire, it was stopped by the New Hampshire State Police for a traffic violation. Stevens was a passenger in the vehicle. After a narcotics detection dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the truck, 269.3 grams of fentanyl were recovered.
On the evening of June 2, 2018, a Kingston, New Hampshire police officer conducted a traffic stop of a motorcycle that Stevens was operating on Route 125. Stevens provided the officer with a false name and the officer later recovered 42 grams of fentanyl from the motorcycle.
Stevens previously pleaded guilty on August 2, 2019.
“Interstate fentanyl trafficking has produced devastating consequences for the people of New Hampshire.” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “In order to stop this deadly trade and protect our citizens, we will seek the prosecution and incarceration of responsible parties. Mr. Stevens’ prison sentence should serve as a warning to drug dealers who are inclined to engage in similar conduct.”
“Fentanyl distribution is destroying people’s lives and wreaking havoc in our communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle. “DEA and our law enforcement partners will aggressively pursue and bring to justice any individual or organization that distributes this poison.”
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Hampshire State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis.