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Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

November 16, 2020

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: (617) 557-2100

Rochester man sentenced to 120 months for drug trafficking and gun offenses

CONCORD, NH – DEA New England Division Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle and United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that James M. Nesbitt, 44, of Rochester, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on Friday for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.   

According to court documents and statements made in court, Nesbitt conspired with two other individuals to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, fentanyl and crystal “ice” methamphetamine.  On November 7, 2018, the New Hampshire State Police (“NHSP”) conducted a vehicle stop of Nesbitt’s vehicle and seized fentanyl, methamphetamine, and other drugs. Later the same evening, the NHSP and the DEA searched Nesbitt’s hotel room in Ossipee and seized approximately 171 grams of methamphetamine, smaller quantities of fentanyl and other narcotics, and a semi-automatic handgun. On December 20, 2018, DEA agents arrested Nesbitt and a co-conspirator at their Rochester residence and seized fentanyl and four firearms and assorted ammunition. 

Nesbitt previously pleaded guilty on March 6, 2020.  Nesbitt’s co-conspirators Haley Hansler and William McKay both have pleaded guilty. Hansler was sentenced to 60 months on April 28, 2020 and McKay is awaiting sentencing.

“Drugs and guns are a deadly combination,” said Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle.  “DEA is committed to bring to justice poly-drug traffickers like Mr. Nesbitt.  This investigation demonstrates the strength of collaborative law enforcement efforts in New Hampshire.”

“Armed drug traffickers are a menace to everyone,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “The hazards posed by drug dealers are greatly enhanced when they carry guns while selling their dangerous wares.  In order to keep the Granite State safe, we will continue to work closely with all of our law enforcement partners to identify, prosecute, and incarcerate the armed drug dealers who jeopardize the health and safety of our citizens.”

This case was investigated by the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad, the New Hampshire State Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Strafford County Drug Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis.



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