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Fitchburg Man Sentenced to 120 Months for Participating in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire


            CONCORD - Melvin Nooks, Jr., 29, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

             According to court documents and statements made in court, the defendant along with two others, George Cruz, 30, of Nashua and Isaiah Kinard, 30, of Manchester, were members of a drug trafficking organization that distributed crack cocaine and other drugs to various customers in the Nashua area. Cruz and Melvin Nooks Jr. were responsible for distributing over 280 grams of crack cocaine.

             Cruz pleaded guilty on December 17, 2019, and Nooks Jr. and Kinard pleaded guilty on December 18, 2019.  Cruz is scheduled to be sentenced on May 12, 2020.  Kinard is scheduled to be sentenced on November 4, 2020. 

             “This sentence should put to rest any belief on the part of drug traffickers that they are going to get less attention from the criminal justice system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said US Attorney Murray. “Drug trafficking has caused grave damage to Nashua and other New Hampshire communities. The imposition of this substantial prison sentence establishes that we will continue to work with all of our law enforcement partners to deter the sale of crack cocaine and other dangerous drugs. We remain focused on protecting Granite Staters from drug dealers.”

            "The weight of Melvin Nooks, Jr.'s sentence is appropriate for a crack cocaine trafficker whose only stake in the community he harmed was the money he made off the suffering he caused," said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “Today’s sentence should also serve as an assurance to his customers who are trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives that they no longer need to fear his sales calls. The FBI and our law enforcement partners will continue our collaborative efforts to identify and dismantle drug trafficking enterprises like this one in order to stop the flow of illegal narcotics into our neighborhoods.”

             This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Nashua Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Georgiana Konesky and Anna Krasinski.

             This case was supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations. 



Updated April 1, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 20-054