CONCORD, N.H. — The Wilmington Police Department, along with several nearby Police Departments and the New Hampshire State Police, assisted the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in an investigation that took a drug dealer off the streets.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Rolando Sierra-Oyola, 30, formerly of Andover, pled guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to distribute — and possess with intent to distribute — fentanyl.
Sierra-Oyola sold “fingers” (10-gram quantities) of fentanyl on multiple occasions in 2015 and 2016 to individuals who were working undercover with law enforcement officers and who traveled from New Hampshire to purchase fentanyl. Sierra-Oyola would either sell the drugs directly or use “runners” to distribute the drugs on his behalf.
According to reporting from the Union Leader, police believe Sierra-Oyola’s drugs led to the overdose of a man in Portsmouth, N.H. in August 2015.
Sierra-Oyola was arrested outside his Andover residence on July 22, 2016. A subsequent search of his residence yielded additional fentanyl.
Sierra-Oyola is scheduled for sentencing on October 12, 2017.
“Opioid abuse is at epidemic levels across New England and those suffering from opioid addiction need access to treatment and recovery,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “But those responsible for distributing a lethal drug like fentanyl to the citizens of New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions. DEA is committed to aggressively pursue drug trafficking organizations or individuals who are coming from out of state to distribute this poison in order to profit and destroy people’s lives. This investigation demonstrates the strength and continued commitment of our local, state and federal partners and our strong partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute individuals who are distributing fentanyl,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley, who prosecuted the case with Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Aframe. “This deadly drug is largely responsible for the substantial number of overdose deaths in the Granite State. Members of the law enforcement community will continue to work together to stop the flow of this drug into New Hampshire.”
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