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Manchester Man Sentenced For Fentanyl Trafficking

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

          Concord, N.H.— Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that Michael J. Soto-Hernandez, 26, a/k/a “Quajo,” previously of Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced on Tuesday to 40 months in federal prison for distributing fentanyl in Manchester in 2016. 

          According to the indictment, statements made in court, and other public records in the case, on several occasions throughout 2016, investigators used a cooperating individual to make purchases of heroin from Soto-Hernandez.  Subsequent lab results showed that the substance that Soto-Hernandez sold was actually fentanyl. 

          Soto-Hernandez pleaded previously pleaded guilty to two drug distribution charges in June of 2017. 

          This matter was the product of an investigation of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Gang Task Force.  The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.  Other state and local authorities involved in the investigation include the Manchester Police Department, the Hudson Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police, the Nashua Police Department, and the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Probation and Parole.   The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Rombeau.





Updated October 4, 2017

Drug Trafficking