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Keene Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine

JUNE 19 (CONCORD, N.H.) –Jesse Dennis, 32, of Keene, New Hampshire was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.  Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New England Division and Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced the sentencing.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on or about January 13, 2016, the defendant was pulled over after committing various traffic infractions in Keene, New Hampshire. The defendant consented to a search of his vehicle where officers found various implements and ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine. The defendant admitted that he had attempted to manufacture methamphetamine on various occasions. After executing a search warrant for his vehicle, officers uncovered materials that a New Hampshire State police forensic laboratory chemist determined are collectively consistent with methamphetamine manufacturing via the one-pot method. The chemist also determined that samples taken from the vehicle indicated the presence of methamphetamine.  Dennis, who previously pleaded guilty, will be on supervised release for three years after he serves his prison sentence.

“This sentence reflects DEA’s strong commitment to bring to justice those that manufacture methamphetamine,” said Ferguson.  “DEA and its local, state and federal law enforcement partners will do everything in our power to keep this highly addictive drug off the streets of New Hampshire.  This investigation demonstrates the strength of collaborative law enforcement efforts in New Hampshire and our strong partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to aggressively pursue anyone who manufactures this poison.”

“Methamphetamine poses a serious threat to our community,” added Farley.  “While this drug is dangerous to those who ingest it, it can be particularly hazardous when it is manufactured in vehicles or homes.  This unsafe practice can lead to fires and explosions and creates a frightening hazard to innocent individuals in the area.  I commend the law enforcement officers in this case whose quick actions prevented a potential tragedy.”

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Keene, New Hampshire Police Department.


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