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

Monday, May 11, 2020

Pelham Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Distribution

            CONCORD - Michael Baez, 39, of Pelham, pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing cocaine, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2019, Baez sold cocaine to a cooperating individual on multiple occasions.  One transaction took place in a parking lot in Nashua.  Additional deals occurred at the defendant’s residence in Pelham, New Hampshire.  In total, Baez sold over 420 grams of cocaine to the cooperating individual.

            Baez is scheduled to be sentenced on August 19, 2020.   

            “Drug trafficking threatens the health and safety of residents of Pelham, Nashua and other communities throughout New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Cocaine traffickers should understand that this illegal conduct will lead to federal prosecution.  Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies will continue to work closely together to identify and prosecute those who are responsible for selling drugs in the Granite State.”

                “Time after time, Michael Baez pushed thousands of dollars’ worth of cocaine  from his home, where he once left the dangerous narcotic out on his grill, on his back deck, ready for pickup,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “By pleading guilty today to drug distribution, Baez is finally accepting responsibility for being part of a problem that has exacted a terrible toll on our communities. This case is a great example of the resolve of the FBI New Hampshire’s Safe Streets Gang Task Force to rid our streets of those who are intent on flooding them with illicit drugs.”    

            This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the New Hampshire State Police, Nashua Police Department, Manchester Police Department, Dover Police Department, and Portsmouth Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Krasinski.


Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 11, 2020