April 16, 2019
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
Loudon man sentenced to 120 months in prison for participating in methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy
CONCORD, N.H. – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Michael Bean, 33, of Loudon, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Bean and his girlfriend, Katie-Jo Waters, were members of a conspiracy in which supplier Edward Espejo, of Las Vegas, Nev., shipped packages of nearly pure methamphetamine to New Hampshire. Bean and Waters received packages containing methamphetamine in Pembroke and distributed the drugs to New Hampshire buyers. Bean and Waters would then wire the proceeds of drugs sales to Espejo in Las Vegas to purchase additional drugs. Between January and May 2018, Bean and Waters wired a total of more than $28,000 to Espejo in Las Vegas to buy methamphetamine. On May 2, 2018, postal inspectors intercepted a package containing a pound of pure methamphetamine that Espejo was sending to Waters. Bean previously pleaded guilty on Sept. 27, 2018. Waters and Espejo previously pleaded guilty. Waters was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 72 months in prison. Espejo is awaiting sentencing.
“This sentence reflects DEA’s strong commitment to bring to justice those that distribute methamphetamine,” said Special Agent in Charge Boyle. “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.”
“Highly pure methamphetamine has been appearing with greater frequency in New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “This dangerous drug presents a serious and growing threat to public health and safety. In order to deter drug traffickers, the law enforcement community will act aggressively to identify, prosecute and incarcerate those who attempt to distribute methamphetamine in the Granite State.”
“Today’s sentencing is a result of a coordinated effort with our federal law enforcement partners to keep these highly addictive drugs out of our communities,” said U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Joseph W. Cronin of the Boston Division. “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service continuously works to rid the mail of illicit drug trafficking and the associated violence, preserve the integrity of the mail, and, most importantly, provide a safe environment for postal employees and the American public.”
This matter was investigated by the DEA and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
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