CONCORD - Grant Michallyszyn, 22, of Nashua, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a hotel room in Nashua where Michallyszyn was staying. During the search, law enforcement seized two handguns, nine rounds of ammunition, digital scales, and various drugs, including over 39 grams of fentanyl. Under federal law, it is unlawful to possess a firearm to protect one’s drug trafficking activities or the location from which one distributes narcotics.
Michallyszyn is scheduled to be sentenced on June 10, 2019.
“The illegal sale of fentanyl poses a serious and well-known risk to public health and safety” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “When fentanyl dealers use firearms to further sales, the danger to the public is greatly increased. Accordingly, the aggressive prosecution of armed fentanyl dealers will continue to be a priority for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
“Today Mr. Michallyszyn finally accepted responsibility for illegally possessing firearms to protect his stash of narcotics in pursuit of his drug trafficking activities. This case is another example of how the FBI will continue to work in lock-step with our law enforcement partners to eliminate guns, drugs and violence from our neighborhoods,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Boston Division.
This matter was investigated by the FBI and Nashua Police Department, with assistance from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Krasinski.
The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.