DOVER — A Dover man has pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute.
Marc Martin, 44, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for two counts of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, according to acting New Hampshire district U.S. Attorney John Farley.
Court documents show in June 2019, Dover police received a tip Martin was suspected of distributing drugs from his Dover apartment. On June 19, 2019, detectives conducted surveillance of Martin’s apartment and observed a male enter and leave the apartment within a few minutes. Officers confronted the male and he admitted he had just purchased fentanyl from Martin in the apartment. With a search warrant in hand, officers entered the apartment and located over 32 grams of fentanyl, drug packaging, and a cell phone that contained evidence of drug activity, according to Farley.
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On Jan. 14, 2020, detectives followed Martin as he drove to Massachusetts and pulled into a parking lot in Amesbury, and after a brief period, Martin drove northbound back to New Hampshire, where he was stopped for speeding, according to court documents. During the stop, Martin admitted he had drugs with him and relinquished a bag containing over 39 grams of fentanyl.
On Aug. 25, 2021, the defendant pleaded guilty to the two-count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim H. Barth. Martin is represented by Jeffrey Levin, a federal public defender, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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“Fentanyl traffickers continue to cause serious harm to communities throughout New Hampshire,” Farley said in a prepared statement. “To protect the public from the grave harm caused by fentanyl, we will continue to work closely with the Dover Police Department and all of our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute the drug dealers who are selling fentanyl and other deadly substances in the Granite State.”
Seacoast communities have been closely monitoring fentanyl trafficking after police in Hampton and Seabrook saw evidence of an uptick in potentially deadly counterfeit pills in their communities this year, cautioning residents not to be tricked into buying or using them.
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Part of the argument in the Martin case made by his lawyer was that his client had acetyl fentanyl, an analog of fentanyl, meaning it was similar to the illegal narcotic but is not pure fentanyl.
This article originally appeared on Fosters Daily Democrat: Marc Martin of Dover NH gets 18 months in prison for fentanyl crime