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

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Nashua Man Pleads Guilty to Participating in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy in Nashua Area

            CONCORD – Lawrence Fortenberry, 66, of Nashua, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, Fortenberry was a member of a drug trafficking organization that distributed crack cocaine and other drugs to various customers in the Nashua area.

            Fortenberry is scheduled to be sentenced on April 8, 2020.

            “Drug trafficking has had a damaging effect on the health and safety of the citizens of Nashua and communities throughout New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “In order to combat the threat posed by traffickers, we will continue to work closely with all of our law enforcement partners to bring those who distribute dangerous drugs to justice.”

            "Lawrence Fortenberry conspired to flood the neighborhoods of Nashua with crack cocaine, and in doing so poured fuel on the vicious cycle of addiction for his own financial gain," said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.  "We hope his acceptance of responsibility for his crime persuades others to think twice about going into business with a drug trafficking organization. As shown in this case, that alliance will be no match for the FBI's partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement."

            This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Nashua Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Georgiana Konesky and Anna Krasinski.

            This case was supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  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.


Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 8, 2020