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Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Using a Telephone to Facilitate Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

            CONCORD - Jeffrey Paul Hatch, 39, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to using a telephone to facilitate drug trafficking, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.  

            According to court documents and statements made in court, federal, state and local law enforcement officers conducted an investigation in 2017 of fentanyl traffickers, including an individual in Lawrence, Massachusetts who provided quantities of fentanyl to a Manchester-based fentanyl trafficker.  Couriers assisted the Manchester-based trafficker by transporting drugs and money.

            In pleading guilty, Hatch admitted that on July 25, 2017, he used his cellular telephone to arrange to pick up fentanyl from the Massachusetts-based trafficker on behalf of the Manchester-based trafficker.  

           Hatch is scheduled to be sentenced on November 6, 2019.

          This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, New Hampshire State Police, and Manchester Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis.           

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Updated August 1, 2019

Topic
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 19-132