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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl and Carfentanil Trafficking Charges


          CONCORD, N.H. - Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today that John Furber, 45, formerly of  Rochester, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty to fentanyl and carfentanil trafficking charges.

          Court documents and statements made in court showed that during a vehicle stop in Rochester on March 29, 2017, Furber was found in possession of nearly 10 grams of fentanyl.  On April 26, 2017, officers encountered Furber at a hotel in Rochester where he was found with over nine grams of fentanyl and over 28 grams of carfentanil, as well as over $2,000 in cash.  On May 24, 2017, Furber was arrested by the United States Marshals-led New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force at an apartment in North Conway, New Hampshire.  An additional quantity of fentanyl was recovered from the defendant at that time.

          Furber pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.  Under the terms of the plea agreement, Furber will forfeit $2,105 in drug proceeds to the United States.  Furber’s sentencing is scheduled for May 29, 2018. 

          “The aggressive investigation and prosecution of individuals engaged in heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil trafficking in New Hampshire remains a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal level,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “The recent presence of carfentanil in New Hampshire, a drug that is hundreds of times more powerful than fentanyl, will result in an even greater number of overdose deaths and presents unprecedented public safety concerns for law enforcement and first responders.  The United States Attorney’s Office will continue to work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to prosecute those who are responsible for distributing these dangerous drugs in our state.”

            This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals-led New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force, and the Rochester and Conway Police Departments.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis is prosecuting the case.


Drug Trafficking
Updated February 13, 2018