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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking

            CONCORD – Doniel Sackey, 37, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in United States District Court yesterday to possession of fentanyl and crack cocaine with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 20, 2018, Manchester Special Investigation Unit, placed a call to Sackey and made arrangements to pick up “1 up and 1 down” (crack and fentanyl/heroin). An undercover officer met Sackey on Granite Street in Manchester and purchased both drugs from the defendant.

            Sackey was arrested on January 10, 2019.

            Sackey is scheduled to be sentenced on November 21, 2019.

            “Through our S.O.S. partnership with the Manchester Police Department, we will continue to bring federal charges against those who are distributing deadly drugs in the Queen City,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Those who choose to engage in drug trafficking in Manchester should understand that they will be prosecuted in federal court and will be subject to federal penalties for the sale of illegal drugs.”

            This case is part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.).  In July of 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of S.O.S., which is being implemented in the District of New Hampshire and nine other federal districts.  The goal of S.O.S. is to combat the large number of overdoses and deaths associated with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.   In New Hampshire, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is focusing its efforts on prosecuting synthetic opioid trafficking cases arising in Hillsborough County, which includes Manchester and Nashua. 

            This matter was investigated by the Manchester Police Department, Special Investigation Unit.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim H. Barth.      

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
19-143
Updated August 15, 2019