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Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Participating in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

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

            CONCORD - Eduardo Contreras, 31, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, between approximately 2015 and November 30, 2017, Contreras conspired with a New Hampshire-based fentanyl distributor to distribute fentanyl.  Contreras provided the fentanyl to the New Hampshire trafficker for distribution to customers in New Hampshire and Maine.  On several occasions, Contreras used couriers to transport fentanyl and the proceeds of drug transactions.  

            Contreras is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, 2021.

           “Although fentanyl can be lethal, drug traffickers seek to profit from selling this dangerous substance to the residents of New Hampshire,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “Law enforcement officers are working together to stop the flow of fentanyl into the Granite State.  As this case demonstrates, fentanyl traffickers who distribute this deadly drug in New Hampshire will be held accountable for their criminal behavior.”

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

            This investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.   


Updated August 26, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 21-163