Rochester Man Sentenced to 72 Months for Drug Trafficking and Firearm Charges

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            CONCORD – Zachary Poisson, 27, of Rochester, was sentenced on Friday to 72 months in federal prison for drug and firearm charges, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 27, 2020, Somersworth police officers were dispatched to a local store for a report of an attempted theft.  One of the suspects, Poisson, who was on probation at the time, was placed under arrest.  A satchel strapped across his body was searched incident to arrest and revealed $4,304 and a bag containing over 67 grams of fentanyl. 

            Officers later searched Poisson’s vehicle, where they found a 9mm handgun and a quantity of crack cocaine.  As a convicted felon, Poisson was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

            “Armed drug traffickers present a significant threat to public safety in New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Young.  “By dealing fentanyl, this defendant was profiting from the sale of a deadly substance.  This danger was further enhanced by his unlawful possession of a firearm.  As this case demonstrates, we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to hold armed drug dealers accountable for their unlawful conduct.”

            “Removing armed drug dealers from our streets has an immediate impact on the safety of our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge James M. Ferguson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “ATF is absolutely committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those who bring dangerous drugs and firearms into our neighborhoods are held accountable for their actions.”

            This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Somersworth Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Gingrande.