CONCORD - Jacob Brady, 30, of Manchester, was sentenced on Friday to 84 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess controlled substances with intent to distribute, United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 29, 2020, Manchester police detectives received information that a female would be traveling from Manchester to Lawrence, Massachusetts to obtain a significant amount of drugs for redistribution in New Hampshire. Surveillance observed her drive to Lawrence and park her car in a lot known as a distribution “hot spot.” A vehicle registered to Brady’s co-conspirator, Christopher Yule, parked close by and extinguished its lights. Within a minute, the cars departed. Surveillance units followed both vehicles.
When Yule’s vehicle entered Manchester, it was stopped by police for a traffic violation and suspicion of drug activity. Brady, the driver of the vehicle, and Yule both engaged in furtive movements within the vehicle as officers approached. Both individuals were instructed to step out of the vehicle. Brady explained that he and Yule traveled to Lawrence so Yule could meet with his source and purchase illegal drugs.
During the stop, an officer observed a tied-off glassine baggie of suspected drugs inside the vehicle. Yule consented to a search of the vehicle and officers found over 78 grams of fentanyl and over six grams of cocaine base (crack).
Brady previously pleaded guilty on January 7, 2022. Yule also has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
“Fentanyl and other dangerous drugs continue to cause serious damage to communities throughout New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Farley. “We are working closely with the Manchester Police Department to identify the drug traffickers who are bringing fentanyl into Manchester and endangering the lives of the city’s citizens. As this case demonstrates, fentanyl dealers in the Granite State will be held accountable for their dangerous and unlawful conduct.”
This matter was investigated by the Manchester Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim H. 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.