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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Nashua Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

            CONCORD - Spencer O. Katsohis, 27, of Nashua, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 3, 2018, members of the Nashua Police stopped a vehicle, driven by Katsohis, for traffic violations.  During the traffic stop, officers recovered over 15 grams of fentanyl.  Katsohis was arrested and admitted to knowingly distributing fentanyl.

            On January 30, 2019, Katsohis was arrested at his home and officers recovered additional fentanyl and drug paraphernalia.    

            Katsohis is scheduled to be sentenced on November 12, 2019.

            “Even small amounts of fentanyl can be lethal,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Fentanyl traffickers have caused great harm to the health and safety of New Hampshire citizens.  Through Operation S.O.S., we are working in close partnership with our local law enforcement colleagues to identify and prosecute those who are distributing this deadly drug in the Granite State.”

            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. 

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

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
19-138
Updated August 6, 2019