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Three Charged in Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl

OCT 08 (CONCORD, N.H.) – Two Manchester, New Hampshire residents and an individual living in Lawrence, Massachusetts were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl, announced Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith.

Jeannette Hardy, 24, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Zakee Stuart-Holt, 33, of Manchester, New Hampshire and Jose Casellas, 38, of Lawrence, Massachusetts were charged with conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute heroin and 400 grams or more of fentanyl during the period from July 2014 through June 2015. Hardy was previously indicted on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Stuart-Holt was previously charged in a separate indictment with engaging in a controlled substance conspiracy. The new charge replaces those previous charges. The grand jury also charged Zakee Stuart-Holt with money laundering.

Law enforcement agents seized approximately four kilograms of material that has been determined to contain the narcotic drug fentanyl and three other kilograms that is yet to be confirmed as fentanyl. Another approximately 17 kilograms of material was seized from a Lawrence, Massachusetts apartment associated with Jose Casellas, but the precise nature of that material has not yet been determined. Law enforcement also seized approximately $198,000 in cash from an apartment rented by Hardy and Stuart-Holt, approximately $560,000 in cash from a safe deposit box rented by Stuart-Holt, and $12,000 in cash from an apartment associated with Jose Casellas. The grand jury’s indictment includes a notice of forfeiture for this money.

The charges and allegations contained in an indictment are merely accusations. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation was conducted by the (1) United States Drug Enforcement Administration; (2) Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department; (3) Andover, Massachusetts Police Department, (4) Lawrence, Massachusetts Police Department, and (5) the Massachusetts State Police. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire assisted in the investigation and is prosecuting the case.


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