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District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Manchester Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Fentanyl Trafficking

            CONCORD - David Nguyen, 37, of Manchester, was sentenced on Tuesday to 60 months in federal prison for distributing fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 1, 2018, a cooperating individual, at the direction of law enforcement officers, arranged to buy fentanyl at Nguyen’s apartment.  The cooperating individual later went to Nguyen’s apartment and purchased a quantity of fentanyl. 

            On December 4, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Nguyen’s apartment, where they located two scales with drug residue.

           Nguyen previously pleaded guilty on September 10, 2019.

            “The distribution of fentanyl has caused great hardship in Manchester and throughout New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “This five-year prison term should serve as warning to fentanyl dealers operating in the Queen City.  Under Operation SOS, we will continue to work closely with the Manchester Police Department and law enforcement agencies throughout Hillsborough County to bring drug dealers to justice.”     

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

           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.        

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
19-228
Updated December 18, 2019