Thursday, November 19, 2020

Nashua Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking

             CONCORD - Spencer Katsohis, 28, of Nashua, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 17, 2020, Nashua Police officers responded to a motor vehicle accident precipitated by Katsohis suffering an apparent opiate overdose while driving.  During a subsequent search of his person and vehicle, officers discovered approximately 130 grams of fentanyl.  Evidence discovered on Katsohis’ phone showed that he was distributing the drugs.

            Katsohis is scheduled to be sentenced on March 3, 2021.

            “Fentanyl traffickers are causing tremendous damage in Nashua and communities throughout New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “In order to protect public health and safety, we work closely with the Nashua Police Department and all of our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute the drug dealers who are responsible for distributing fentanyl and other deadly drugs in the Granite State.”

            This matter was investigated by the Nashua Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim Barth.

            This case is part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.).  In July of 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of S.O.S., which is being implemented in the District of New Hampshire and nine other federal districts.  The goal of S.O.S. is to combat the large number of overdoses and deaths associated with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.   In New Hampshire, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is focusing its efforts on prosecuting synthetic opioid trafficking cases arising in Hillsborough County, which includes Manchester and Nashua.

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