Saturday, March 16, 2019

Franklin Man Sentenced to 66 Months for Fentanyl Trafficking

            CONCORD – Stephen Marando, 58, formerly of Franklin, New Hampshire, was sentenced to 66 months in prison for fentanyl trafficking charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 13, 2017, Marando and another individual drove from Franklin, New Hampshire, to Lawrence, Massachusetts in order to buy fentanyl.  After they obtained the fentanyl and were on their way back to Franklin, the New Hampshire State Police conducted a traffic stop on their vehicle.  During the course of the stop, the other individual attempted to discard a package containing 91 grams of fentanyl that they had been picked up in Lawrence.

            Marando pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute on July 24, 2018.  

            “Traffickers who transport fentanyl into New Hampshire should understand that they face serious consequences in federal court” said U.S. Attorney Murray.   “Prison sentences await those who trade in this deadly drug. In order to protect our citizens, law enforcement will continue to focus its efforts on stopping the flow of fentanyl into the Granite State.”

            “This synthetic opioid is 50-100 times more powerful than heroin and we are not going to idly stand by and let more friends, family members and neighbors get addicted, or die of drug overdoses. Together, with our law enforcement partners, the FBI will continue to use every tool at our disposal to tackle the opioid crisis head on, and put individuals like Mr. Marando behind bars. The goal is and always will be to stem the flow of illegal drugs and reduce crime,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.

            This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Hampshire State Police, and the Laconia Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Anna Krasinski is prosecuting the case.

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