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Rochester Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

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

CONCORD – A Rochester woman was sentenced today in federal court for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine in New Hampshire, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

Jennelle Brown, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph N. Laplante to 60 months in prison.  On January 18, 2023, Brown pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine. Brown’s co-defendant, Bradford Sargent, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine and will be sentenced on July 6, 2023.

“Today’s sentence sends a message to the defendant and other drug traffickers that such illegal conduct will be prosecuted and will result in significant periods of incarceration,” said U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young. “The outstanding collaborative efforts of federal and local law enforcement stopped those drugs from entering the community.”

Brown and Sargent sold drugs multiple times from their hotel room in Portsmouth. When law enforcement searched their room, they uncovered large quantities of money, drugs, and drug ledgers.  Searches of two vehicles, storage units, and safety deposit boxes uncovered more currency 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.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation. Valuable assistance was provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Strafford County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander S. Chen and Jarad E. Hodes prosecuted the case.


Updated May 12, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2023-075