CONCORD - Francis Harrington, 39, of Manchester, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 22, 2019, a Manchester police officer responded to a report of two males “passed out” in a parked vehicle at a restaurant. Harrington was the passenger in the vehicle. After being engaged by medical personnel, the officer observed Harrington moving slowly and reaching around the console and floor area of the vehicle. Harrington was ordered out of the vehicle and to put his hands on his head. The officer performed a protective pat search and located a large bulge in the waistband of Harrington’s pants. When the officer asked Harrington about the object, Harrington replied “drugs.” The officer then removed the object, which was a bag containing 198 grams of fentanyl. He was arrested at the scene.
Harrington previously pleaded guilty on May 18, 2021.
“Drug dealers have been flooding our community with large amounts of fentanyl and the results have been tragic and deadly,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “We continue to work closely with the Manchester Police Department to identify and prosecute the fentanyl dealers who are jeopardizing public safety in the Queen City.”
This matter was investigated by the Manchester Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim H. 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.