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Rochester Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

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

            CONCORD – Jennelle Brown, 38, of Rochester, pleaded guilty in federal court today to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, Brown and her co-defendant sold drugs multiple times from their hotel room in Portsmouth.  Law enforcement then searched their room and uncovered large quantities of money, drugs, and drug ledgers.  A search of two vehicles the defendants used in their drug operations uncovered more currency and drugs.  Officers also searched storage units and safety deposit boxes the defendants controlled and discovered additional money and drugs.  In total, law enforcement seized over $130,000, 1.3 kilograms of fentanyl, almost 650 grams of methamphetamine, and smaller amounts of cocaine.

            Brown is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27, 2023.

            Brown’s co-defendant has pleaded not guilty.  The charges in the indictment are only allegations.  The co-defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

            The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Strafford County Sheriff’s Office.  It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander S. Chen and Jarad Hodes.


Updated January 18, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 23-007