CONCORD - Ramon Guerrero, 39, of Manchester, was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaine, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between February 27, 2020, and March 11, 2020, a cooperating individual working with the Manchester Police Department arranged to purchase fentanyl on two occasions from Guerrero and Gabriel Rivera at an apartment in Manchester. While in the apartment, the cooperator observed quantities of suspected fentanyl, crack, and methamphetamine.
On May 15, 2020, detectives observed Guerrero and a woman check into a local motel at 3:30 am under the woman’s name. After obtaining arrest and search warrants, officers entered the room. Detectives discovered $9,254, cocaine, and fentanyl in pill form. A subsequent search of the apartment found Rivera sitting on a couch with an open fanny pack next to him, an open safe at his feet, and a 9 mm handgun tucked behind the cushion. On his person, detectives located $1,151. The safe and pack contained over 4 grams of crack, over 76 grams of cocaine and over 162 grams of fentanyl. Court records confirm that Rivera is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm.
At the time of this offense, Guerrero was on federal supervised release after serving a 102-month sentence for a prior drug trafficking crime.
Guerrero and Rivera pleaded guilty on August 3, 2021. Rivera was sentenced to 90 months on November 24, 2021. The currency and firearms were forfeited to the United States.
“Ramon Guerrero is a repeat offender who was not deterred by a prior federal prison sentence,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “Rather than conform his conduct to the law, he chose to return to drug trafficking and sought to profit from the sale of fentanyl and other extremely dangerous drugs. Thanks to the hard work of the Manchester Police Department, this dangerous drug trafficker and his partner will no longer be able to endanger our community by selling deadly substances.”
This matter was investigated by the Manchester Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim H. Barth. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Rabuck handled the forfeiture aspects of this matter.
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.