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Friday, August 21, 2020

Pelham Man Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Cocaine Distribution

            CONCORD - Michael Baez, 40, of Pelham, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for 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 previously pled guilty on May 11, 2020.    

             “Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies worked together to bring this defendant to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Drug dealers who choose to do business in New Hampshire should understand that they will be identified, arrested and prosecuted.  Federal prison sentences await those who persist in peddling illegal drugs.”

              “When law enforcement agencies partner together in a task force environment, as in this case, we can leverage all of our resources in removing illegal narcotics, and the criminals like Michael Baez who deal them, from the streets,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. 

               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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Krasinski.                   

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
20-103
Updated August 21, 2020