Manchester Man Sentenced to 100 Months for Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Trafficking

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            CONCORD – Jason Hart, 48, of Manchester, was sentenced to 100 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 October 9, 2019, a New Hampshire State Police trooper conducted a traffic stop of a truck operated by Hart.  Hart was ultimately arrested because he provided a false name and address and refused to provide his true identity. Troopers located over $3,500 in Hart’s pocket and during an inventory search of the vehicle found suspected drug paraphernalia.  After obtaining a search warrant, troopers found evidence of drug distribution, over 94 grams of fentanyl, and over 146 grams of methamphetamine. 

            On May 9, 2020, an officer observed an unoccupied vehicle parked at a gas station in Bow.  A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed the owner of the truck had an out-of-state warrant for his arrest.  Hart was a passenger in the vehicle.  Because Hart did not have a valid driver’s license, he was told he was free to go, but the vehicle would be towed.  During the inventory search of the vehicle, officers located a backpack that contained over 396 grams of fentanyl and a card that had Hart’s name on it.  The officers then arrested Hart.  After obtaining a search warrant for Hart’s phone, officers found text messages indicative of drug distribution.    

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            Hart previously pleaded guilty on July 13, 2021.  The cash seized from Hart on October 9, 2019, was forfeited to the United States.

            “Fentanyl and methamphetamine are extremely dangerous drugs that are damaging lives throughout New Hampshire,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “We are working closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute the drug dealers who seek to profit from selling these deadly substances.  As this case demonstrates, drug dealers who do business in the Granite State will find themselves serving significant time in federal prison.”

             This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Hampshire State Police, and Bow Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Krasinski.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Rabuck assisted with the forfeiture-related aspects of this case.

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