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Rochester Man Sentenced to 46 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

           CONCORD - Thomas Fall, 44, of Rochester, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

           According to court documents and statements made in court, Fall conspired with others to distribute fentanyl in 2018 and 2019.  In July and August of 2019, an individual who was cooperating with the Drug Enforcement Administration participated in four controlled drug purchases from Fall and another individual at their Rochester, New Hampshire residence.  In total, the transactions involved approximately 100 grams of fentanyl.

           On January 14, 2020, the DEA and other law enforcement agencies arrested Fall.  In his post-arrest interview, Fall admitted to participating in the drug conspiracy and stated that for a period of three to six months in 2018 and 2019, he and another individual purchased fentanyl from a Massachusetts-based source and then distributed some of the fentanyl to New Hampshire-based drug customers. 

           Fall previously pleaded guilty on November 18, 2020.

           “Fentanyl trafficking has caused tremendous damage to communities throughout New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Those who are responsible for bringing this deadly drug into the Granite State need to be held accountable for their conduct.  We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify, prosecute, and incarcerate the drug dealers who are responsible for distributing fentanyl and other deadly opioids in our state.”

           “Fentanyl is causing great damage to our communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle.  “The DEA will continue to use every resource available to identify those, like Mr. Fall, who are contributing to the crisis.  DEA’s top priority is combatting the opioid epidemic by working with our local, county, state and federal partners to bring to justice anyone who distributes this poison.”

            This case was investigated by the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad, the New Hampshire State Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Strafford County Drug Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis.

            This operation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.


Updated February 25, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 21-033