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New Hampshire Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

SEP 22 (CONCORD, N.H.) – Ryan Demers, 31, of Brookline, New Hampshire, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 57 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and one count of distribution of oxycodone announced Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith. Upon his release, Demers will be placed on three years of supervised release which is monitored by the United States Probation Office.

In the fall of 2013, law enforcement officers began an investigation of several individuals including, Samuel Garcia and Jennifer Nunez, and their involvement in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. The investigation ultimately led to a court order authorizing the interception of wire and electronic communications over several cellular telephones used by Garcia and Nunez. Intercepted communications confirmed that several customers regularly ordered significant quantities of oxycodone pills from Garcia and Nunez, which were then sold to other individuals in the Manchester area.
 
During the intercepted calls, investigators identified several telephone numbers, including a telephone number used by Demers that frequently called the drug sources. The intercepted telephone calls showed that on approximately 24 occasions between July 3, 2014 and August 22, 2014, Demers ordered approximately 1,508 oxycodone pills from Nunez and Garcia. In addition, video evidence established that during several of the above interceptions, Demers arrived at the Nunez/Garcia residence shortly after contacting Nunez or Garcia and ordering a quantity of pills.

Upon his arrest on August 7, 2014, Demers admitted that he had been purchasing oxycodone pills from Garcia, Nunez, and others for approximately two years. Demers stated that he purchased between 100- 200 oxycodone pills every other day and consumed 10-15 oxycodone pills a day.

“The illegal use of diverted opiates is a pathway to heroin and fentanyl abuse and presents a danger to the welfare of our communities,” said Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith. “We will work with law enforcement to identify opiate traffickers such as Mr. Demers and bring them to justice. The excellent work of the DEA and the Manchester Police made this case possible.”
 
The case was investigated by the Manchester Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh and Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Farley.


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