Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

February 21, 2019

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: (617) 557-2100

Manchester man sentenced to 70 months in prison for participating in fentanyl trafficking conspiracy

CONCORD, N.H. – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that David Fagan, 32, of Manchester, was sentenced to 70 months in prison for participating in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy.


According to court documents and statements made in court, as a result of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation, agents and task force officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration learned that on March 6, 2018, Fagan intended to travel from New Hampshire to a location in Lawrence, Mass., to purchase drugs. Agents conducted surveillance in the area of the transaction and observed the defendant’s vehicle arrive. The vehicle left Massachusetts and agents followed it directly to Nashua, N.H., where they stopped the vehicle. Officers later received a search warrant and recovered approximately one gram of suspected fentanyl in the car. 


On March 29, 2018, agents learned that Fagan again intended to travel from New Hampshire to a location in Lawrence to purchase drugs. Agents conducted surveillance in the area of the transaction. Investigators passed on information to the New Hampshire State Police. 


A trooper later stopped the vehicle heading northbound on I-93. The trooper identified the driver as the registered owner of the car and Fagan as the sole passenger. The officer spoke to both individuals and obtained consent to search the vehicle. The trooper located approximately 50 grams of fentanyl under the hood of the car inside the air filter. 


The investigation revealed that from Feb. 23, 2018, through April 2018, Fagan ordered and purchased 1050 grams of fentanyl. Fagan previously pleaded guilty on Sept. 26, 2018.


The case was a collaborative investigation that involved the DEA, the New Hampshire State Police, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Nashua Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, United States Customs and Border Protection Boston Field Office, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, the Manchester Police Department, the Lisbon Police Department, the Littleton Police Department, the Seabrook Police Department, the Haverhill (Mass.) Police Department; the Methuen (Mass.) Police Department; the Lowell (Mass.) Police Department; and the Maine State Police.


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