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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Northwood Woman Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

            CONCORD - Victoria Duford, 26, formerly of Northwood, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, from July 2016 through April 2017, Duford purchased large amounts of methamphetamine from her co-conspirator Katrina Jones. In addition, on at least six occasions during the same time period, Duford received postal packages containing large quantities of methamphetamine on behalf of Jones at addresses in New Hampshire.  Duford would bring the packages to Jones, who would often give Duford a portion of the methamphetamine as payment.  Jones pleaded guilty on April 27, 2018, to several counts of drug trafficking, including two counts of distributing methamphetamine.

            Duford is scheduled to be sentenced on October 23, 2018.

            “While opioids have presented a serious threat to our state for some time, the distribution of methamphetamine is rapidly becoming a major concern,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “This dangerous drug can cause serious harm to those who use it, as well as to our communities.  We will be vigilant and aggressive in our efforts to address the public safety issues presented by methamphetamine.”

            “DEA is committed to bring to justice those that distribute methamphetamine,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle.  “DEA and its local, state and federal law enforcement partners will do everything in our power to keep this highly addictive drug off New Hampshire streets.  This investigation demonstrates the strength of collaborative law enforcement in the Granite State to aggressively pursue anyone who traffics this poison.”

            “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is committed to keeping the U.S. Mail, its employees, and customers safe.  Those who use the U.S. Mail to transport dangerous or illegal substances, such as methamphetamine, will be investigated and brought to justice," said Delany De Leon-Colon, Acting Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division.

            This matter was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the N.H. Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Davis and Shane Kelbley.

 

           

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
18-123
Updated July 11, 2018