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

Friday, March 9, 2018

Inmate At FCIBerlin Pleads Guilty To Attempted Drug Possession

          CONCORD –United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that Antonio Priester, 37, an inmate at FCI-Berlin pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to possess prohibited objects within a federal prison.  Priester admitted the prohibited objects he was attempting to possess were Schedule I controlled substances known as DMT and jwh-018.   


          According to documents filed with the court and statements made at the change of plea hearing, in March 2017 Priester sent a number of emails to several individuals directing them to websites through which the controlled substances could be obtained.  He directed one individual to purchase jwh-018 from a particular website. Priester also provided directions for sneaking the substances into the prison.


            A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 15th, 2018 at the United States District Court.  According to federal law, any sentence imposed in connection with this charge must be served consecutively to any sentence currently be served by Priester.


            The Bureau of Prisons investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Donald A. Feith prosecuted the case.



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Updated March 9, 2018