February 01, 2019
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Keene woman sentenced to 18 months in prison for role in fentanyl trafficking conspiracy
CONCORD, N.H. – Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division, and U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Meghan Bowers, 31, formerly of Keene, N.H., was sentenced on Thursday to 18 months in prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in the course of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation that included wiretaps of certain telephones, investigating agents learned that on March 7, 2018, an individual intended to travel from New Hampshire to a location in Massachusetts to purchase fentanyl. Agents conducted surveillance in the area of the transaction and observed a hand-to-hand exchange between a known drug trafficker and the driver of the car at the driver’s side window. The vehicle left Massachusetts and agents followed it directly to New Hampshire. A New Hampshire state trooper stopped the vehicle. During the traffic stop, the trooper subsequently located an orange bag containing approximately 184 grams of fentanyl. Bowers and another occupant of the vehicle admitted that they had been asked to drive another person to Massachusetts to buy drugs and that they had agreed to do so.
Bowers previously pled guilty on August 29, 2018.
The case was a collaborative investigation that involved the DEA; New Hampshire State Police; Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office; Nashua Police Department; Massachusetts State Police; Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office; Essex County District Attorney’s Office; Internal Revenue Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Marshals Service; U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service; Manchester Police Department; Lisbon Police Department; Littleton Police Department; Seabrook Police Department; Haverhill (MA) Police Department; Methuen (MA) Police Department; Lowell, Mass., Police Department; and the Maine State Police.