Chichester Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Fentanyl          

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   CONCORD – Travis Dunn, 31, of Chichester, pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to distribution of fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

             According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 27, 2019, Dunn aided and abetted two co-defendants by driving them to Lawrence, Massachusetts to pick up drugs for redistribution in New Hampshire.  On the return trip, the co-defendants sold fentanyl to an individual who was cooperating with Nashua Police detectives.  Immediately following the drug deal, detectives arrested Dunn and the co-defendants.

             Dunn is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1, 2021.

            “Massachusetts fentanyl distributors continue to work through New Hampshire dealers to amass profits,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “The resulting fentanyl sales undermine the health and safety of our fellow citizens.  Through Operation SOS, we are targeting the dealers who peddle fentanyl and other deadly drugs in Hillsborough County.  By working closely with the Nashua Police Department, we are putting the drug dealers out of business and improving the quality of life in Nashua.”

            This matter was investigated by the Nashua Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim H. Barth.

            This case is part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.).  In July of 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of S.O.S., which is being implemented in the District of New Hampshire and nine other federal districts.  The goal of S.O.S. is to combat the large number of overdoses and deaths associated with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.   In New Hampshire, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is focusing its efforts on prosecuting synthetic opioid trafficking cases arising in Hillsborough County, which includes Manchester and Nashua.