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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Nelson Man Sentenced To 87 Months In Federal Prison For Conspiring To Distribute In Excess Of One Kilogram Of Heroin

          CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced today that Jason Daigle, age 39, of Nelson, New Hampshire has been sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph A. DiClerico to 87 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 841(b)(1)(A)(i). The Grand Jury for the District of New Hampshire indicted Daigle for the crime September 23, 2015. Daigle pleaded guilty to the charge on January 11, 2016.

          After a lengthy investigation, law enforcement determined that Daigle was employed as a runner for a drug trafficking organization headed, authorities allege, by Ross Gould, age 28, of Richmond, New Hampshire. Daigle distributed heroin for Gould to individuals in and around Keene. As part of the conspiracy, Daigle also met with Gould’s Lawrence, Massachusetts-based sources of heroin at the Rockingham Mall, Salem, New Hampshire to take delivery of up to two kilograms of heroin, which Daigle then transported back to Gould for distribution.

          On March 10, 2015, a search by law enforcement of a locked safe Gould maintained at Daigle’s residence resulted in the seizure of over a kilogram of heroin and large quantities of cocaine and prescription pills. The same day, a search executed at Gould’s Richmond, New Hampshire residence resulted in the seizure of additional narcotics, currency and 14 firearms.

          On March 16, 2015, Gould was charged federally with possession with the intent to distribute heroin.

          “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to address the significant presence of heroin in New Hampshire, by continuing to target drug trafficking organizations which are responsible for the importation of large quantities of heroin into New Hampshire,” stated United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice. 

           The investigation was conducted by the: (1) Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; (2) New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force; (3) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; (4) New Hampshire State Police; (5) Keene, New Hampshire Police Department; (6) Richmond, New Hampshire Police Department; and (7) Salem, New Hampshire Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis is prosecuting the case.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 31, 2016