Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 42 Months for Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Trafficking

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            CONCORD – Howard Poole, 43, of Pittsburg, was sentenced on Thursday to 42 months in federal prison for possession of fentanyl and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

             According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 16, 2020, law enforcement officers received information that Poole was distributing drugs and was the subject of multiple arrest warrants.  Based on the information, investigators set up surveillance and observed Poole leaving a Manchester motel in a car driven by his wife.  The vehicle pulled into a gas station and a state trooper conducted a motor vehicle stop.  After the trooper informed Poole of the active warrants, Poole admitted he possessed methamphetamine, opiates, and cash.  The trooper observed a large amount of currency and a baggie containing methamphetamine in the vehicle.  A consensual search of the vehicle and a search of Poole’s person revealed $6,786 in cash, over 278 grams of fentanyl, and over 25 grams of methamphetamine.

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            Poole previously pleaded guilty on June 4, 2021.

            “Drug traffickers like Mr. Poole endanger our communities by peddling deadly and addictive substances,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “In order to protect our community, we continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify those who are profiting from the sale of illegal drugs and hold them accountable for their unlawful conduct.”

            This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Hampshire State Police, and Manchester Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim H. Barth.

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