October 30, 2018
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Nashua man sentenced to five years in federal prison for fentanyl trafficking
CONCORD, N.H. – Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division, and United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Arthur Voutselas, 27, previously of Nashua, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for fentanyl trafficking.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on two separate occasions in January of 2018, Voutselas sold quantities of cocaine to a cooperating individual working with law enforcement. In February of 2018, Voutslas was arrested and found to be in possession of fentanyl and cash. A state court judge later granted a search warrant for Voutselas’ Nashua residence, and the search yielded approximately 75 grams of fentanyl, over $10,000 in U.S. currency, and other indicia of narcotics trafficking, including a scale, ledgers and bagging materials. Voutselas previously pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute in July of 2018. Voutselas forfeited $12,955 to the United States, representing proceeds of his narcotics trafficking. Following prison, he will be on supervised release for a period of four years.
“Fentanyl is causing deaths in record numbers, and DEA’s top priority is to aggressively pursue anyone who distributes this poison,” said Special Agent in Charge Boyle. “Today’s sentence not only holds Mr. Voutselas accountable for his crimes but serves as a warning to those traffickers who are fueling the opioid epidemic.”
“Stopping fentanyl trafficking is a top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “In order to protect the lives and safety of our citizens, we work closely with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those who are responsible for selling this deadly drug. Drug dealers should expect to face long prison terms for distributing fentanyl and other opioids.”
This matter was investigated by the DEA and the Nashua Police Department.