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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Maine Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Fentanyl and Heroin Trafficking

 

            CONCORD - Edson Wilson, 43, of Augusta, Maine was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for possession of heroin and fentanyl with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

             According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 15, 2019, a New Hampshire State Police trooper pulled over a vehicle on I-95 north for a traffic violation.  Wilson was a passenger in the vehicle. While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, the trooper noticed indicators of drug use.  After the occupants also gave conflicting stories about their destination and travel, they consented to a search of the vehicle.  The trooper located a vacuum- sealed package that contained approximately 198 grams of heroin and fentanyl under Wilson’s seat.  Wilson was placed under arrest and later admitted that he had purchased the drugs earlier that day and further stated that he intended to sell at least half of the drugs.

             Wilson previously pleaded guilty on May 6, 2020.

             “Interstate 95 is a conduit for illegal drugs being transported into Northern New England,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Thanks to alert enforcement action by New Hampshire State Police, this shipment was stopped before it could be distributed and the responsible party was brought to justice. This 60 month prison term should serve as a warning to traffickers who plan to transport heroin and fentanyl into New Hampshire and Maine.”

              This matter was investigated by the New Hampshire State Police with assistance from the Greenland Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Rombeau.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Press Release Number: 
20-110
Updated September 2, 2020