Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy
CONCORD – Derek Rand, 31, of Rochester, pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to participating in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, between late 2017 and December 18, 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the New Hampshire State Police conducted an investigation of drug trafficking by Rand, who used runners to obtain fentanyl in Massachusetts and bring it to New Hampshire for distribution. During the investigation, over one kilogram of fentanyl was seized from members of Rand’s drug trafficking organization.
DEA arrested Rand on December 18, 2018.
Rand will be sentenced on December 16, 2019.
“Fentanyl traffickers make a lethal substance available for purchase in Rochester and other communities throughout New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “The results have been devastating. In order to stop the flow of fentanyl, we work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify, arrest, and prosecute traffickers.”
This matter was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and New Hampshire State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Davis.