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Winchester Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Conspiracy Charge Faces At Least A Ten Year Federal Sentence

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

          CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith announced today that Jamie Hilow, age 28, of Winchester, New Hampshire pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Landya B. McCafferty to Conspiracy to Distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 841.

          An offer of proof made during the change of plea hearing established that Hilow was employed as a runner for a drug trafficking organization headed, authorities allege, by Ross Gould, age 28, of Richmond, New Hampshire.  Hilow distributed heroin for Gould to numerous individuals in and around Keene.  On March 16, 2015, Gould was charged federally with possession with the intent to distribute heroin after search warrants executed at his Richmond, New Hampshire residence and another residence utilized by Gould to store narcotics on March 10, 2015 resulted in the seizure of over a kilogram of heroin, a large quantity of cocaine, prescription pills, currency, and 14 firearms.

          “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to address the significant presence of heroin in New Hampshire,” stated Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith.  “This case is a classic example of the results that can be achieved when resources are pooled and directed towards the sources of this dangerous drug.”

          Hilow is detained pending his sentencing on February 16, 2016.  Hilow faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years of imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life, a fine up to 10 million dollars and a term of supervised release of at least five years and as much as life.  Supervised release is a period following Hilow’s incarceration during which he will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office.

          The investigation was conducted by the: (1) Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; (2) New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force; (3) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; (4) New Hampshire State Police; (5) Keene, New Hampshire Police Department; (6) Richmond, New Hampshire Police Department; and (7) Salem, New Hampshire Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis is prosecuting the case.

Updated October 27, 2015

Drug Trafficking