April 15, 2019
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
Manchester man sentenced to 76 months in prison for cocaine trafficking
CONCORD, N.H. – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that Chris Minarcin, 34, formerly of Manchester, N.H., was sentenced to serve 76 months in federal prison for distributing cocaine and possessing over 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute the drugs.
Court documents and statements made in court showed that on three occasions in March of 2016 and January and February of 2017, Minarcin sold quantities of cocaine to an individual who was cooperating with law enforcement. The transactions took place in Manchester and Hooksett. Additionally, on two separate occasions in February of 2017, Minarcin was found in possession of over 500 grams of cocaine during traffic stops in Manchester. Minarcin pleaded guilty to the charges on Oct. 22, 2018. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Minarcin will forfeit $6,510 in drug proceeds to the United States.
“DEA is committed to bring to justice those that distribute cocaine,” said Special Agent in Charge Boyle. “Today’s sentence not only holds Mr. Minarcin accountable for his crimes, but serves as a warning that DEA and its local, state and federal law enforcement partners will do everything in our power to keep this drug out of the Granite State.”
“Drug trafficking presents a substantial risk to the health and safety of our citizens,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “This investigation is an example of how federal, state and local law enforcement officers are working together to identify, prosecute and incarcerate those who are responsible for distributing illegal drugs in the Granite State.”
“Mr. Minarcin is no different than any other drug trafficker who exploits vulnerable people suffering from addiction. This case is a direct result of the hard work and collaboration between federal, state and local law enforcement partners in our efforts to combat those flooding our streets with drugs. The FBI New Hampshire Safe Streets Task Force will continue to do everything it can to make sure those bringing drugs and violence to our streets are held accountable,” said FBI Boston Division Special Agent in Charge Joseph R. Bonavolonta.
This matter was investigated by the DEA, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, New Hampshire State Police, Manchester Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and the Lowell Police Department.