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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Greenfield Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

            CONCORD - Ira Weeks, 40, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

             According to court documents and statements made in court, Weeks conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl.  Weeks obtained the fentanyl from a source of supply in Methuen, Massachusetts. As part of the investigation, in December 2017 the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) intercepted phone communications between Weeks and his co-conspirator wife in which the couple ordered quantities of fentanyl from their Methuen drug source. DEA subsequently surveilled Weeks in Methuen meeting with the drug source on approximately four occasions. The DEA and the New Hampshire State Police arranged to conduct motor vehicle stops on Week’s vehicle after observing him meet with his drug source.  These stops resulted in the seizure of over 175 grams of fentanyl.

            Weeks is scheduled to be sentenced on August 27, 2020.

            “Interstate drug trafficking endangers the people of New Hampshire by threatening their health and safety” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “We continue to work closely with the DEA, New Hampshire State Police, and law enforcement partners across New England to stop the flow of fentanyl and other illegal drugs into the Granite State.  Those who choose to participate in the drug trade will be identified and prosecuted in federal court.”

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

            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.          

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Press Release Number: 
20-070
Updated May 27, 2020