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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Laconia Man Sentenced To 65 Months In Federal Prison For Methamphetamine Trafficking

          CONCORD – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that Robert J. Golden, 38, of Laconia was sentenced to 65 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

 

          According to court documents, on November 3, 2016, U.S. Postal Inspectors intercepted a mail parcel intended for delivery to Golden.  A state police canine unit alerted to the package.  When investigators later opened the package pursuant to a federal search warrant, they found approximately 56 grams of methamphetamine.  Investigators removed most of the drugs, re-wrapped the parcel and notified Golden that the package was available for him to pick up at the post office.  Postal Inspectors arrested Golden at the post office immediately after he took possession of the parcel.  Following his arrest, Golden admitted that he knew that the package contained a quantity of methamphetamine that had been sent from California and that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine in New Hampshire.  Golden further acknowledged that he previously had received four to six similar packages from California. 

 

          Golden pleaded guilty to the charge October 25, 2017.  He will be on supervised release for three years following his release from prison.

 

          “Even as our state faces the serious challenge of the opioid crisis, methamphetamine continues to pose a threat to our community,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Using this dangerous drug can cause significant harm or death.  I commend the law enforcement officers in this case for their quick actions that prevented this substantial quantity of methamphetamine from being distributed in New Hampshire.”

 

          “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service proactively seeks to identify and remove illegal drug shipments in the mail,” said Raymond Moss, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Field Division.  “Today’s sentencing is a result of a coordinated effort of our local and state law enforcement partners to keep methamphetamine and other drugs out of our communities.”

 

          This matter was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, with help from the New Hampshire State Police and the Laconia Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis.

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
18-054
Updated March 22, 2018