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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Lawrence Man Sentenced To 37 Months In Federal Prison For Oxycodone Trafficking

CONCORD - United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that John Jacome, 35, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was sentenced to serve 37 months  in federal prison for oxycodone trafficking.

           Court documents and statements in court showed that on four separate occasions from January to May of 2017, Jacome sold quantities of oxycodone pills to undercover DEA agents at a location in Kingston. On June 19, 2017, Jacome was arrested by the New Hampshire State Police during a traffic stop after Jacome was found to be in possession of 500 oxycodone pills. In total, Jacome distributed or possessed with the intent to distribute over 1,500 oxycodone pills.

          Jacome pleaded guilty on March 20, 2018, to four counts of distributing oxycodone and one count of possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute.  After serving prison sentence, he will be on supervised release for three years.

          “The illegal distribution of oxycodone and other opioids presents a serious hazard to public health and safety,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Many of those who struggle with addiction to heroin or fentanyl began by using oxycodone.  We will continue to work in conjunction with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who unlawfully distribute these deadly substances.”

          “The DEA is committed to investigating and bringing to justice those who illicitly distribute oxycodone,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle.   “Opiate abuse is a major problem in New Hampshire and throughout New England.  The diversion of prescription pain killers, in this case oxycodone, contributes to the widespread abuse of opiates, is the gateway to heroin and fentanyl addiction, and is devastating our communities.  This investigation demonstrates the strength of collaborative law enforcement efforts in the Granite State to aggressively pursue any group or individual that traffics these drugs.”

          This investigation was conducted by the DEA and the New Hampshire State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis prosecuted the case.

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
18-136
Updated August 1, 2018