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Case Number: 1:19-cr-00235-JL
Judge: Joseph N. Laplante
Court: United States District Court for the District of New Hsmpshire (Merrimack County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Concord, New Hampshire drug distribution charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Nicole Dean, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
Dean was part of a drug trafficking organization that sold fentanyl and cocaine to customers in Manchester. In July of 2019 a cooperating individual purchased cocaine base and over 44 grams of fentanyl from Dean at her home.
After her arrest in January of 2020, Dean admitted to working for the organization and selling packages of drugs, making about $300 for each package sold.
Dean is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11, 2021.
“Drug dealers endanger lives by selling deadly and addictive substances,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “In order to protect public health and safety, we are working with all of our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who are responsible for distributing fentanyl and other dangerous drugs in the Granite State. By putting drug dealers out of business, we will improve the quality of life for the law-abiding citizens of New Hampshire.”
“On a daily basis, Nicole Dean was selling deadly quantities of fentanyl and cocaine out of a drug distribution house on Kimball Street in Manchester, New Hampshire to a steady stream of paying customers, and today she finally took responsibility for her criminal conduct,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “The FBI New Hampshire’s Safe Streets Gang Task Force will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to go after those like her who are trying to capitalize on the addiction of others in a region hit hard by the opioid epidemic.”
This matter was investigated by the FBI NH Safe Streets Gang Task Force which is comprised of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Hampshire State Police, Dover Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Nashua Police Department. The Manchester Police Department provided valuable assistance as well. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgiana L. MacDonald.
21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) & 846 - Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances
Outcome: 03/02/2021 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Joseph N. Laplante: CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING held on 3/2/2021 as to Nicole Dean (2) Guilty Count 1. Defendant sworn and advised of rights/charge(s). Court accepts guilty plea. (Court Reporter: Liza W. Dubois) (Govt Atty: Georgiana MacDonald, AUSA) (Defts Atty: Rick Monteith, Esq.)(Total Hearing Time: 40 minutes)(CJA Time: 1 hour) (cmp) (Entered: 03/04/2021)
03/02/2021 NOTICE OF VIDEO-CONFERENCE HEARING as to Nicole Dean. Sentencing set for 6/11/2021 at 10:00 AM before Judge Joseph N. Laplante.The court has allotted 1 hour for the hearing. Please contact the court immediately if you anticipate the hearing will exceed the allotted time. Any motion seeking a departure or variance, as well as any sentencing memorandum, shall be filed 10 days prior to the sentencing date. Any response shall be filed 4 days prior to sentencing date.(cmp) (Entered: 03/04/2021)