Dover man, 25, pleads guilty to fentanyl trafficking

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CONCORD - A 25-year-old Dover, man pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced on Thursday.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Dec. 6, a New Hampshire State Police trooper conducted a motor vehicle stop in North Hampton. In addition to the driver, Preston Elliott was the sole passenger in the back seat of the vehicle. After the driver consented to a search of the vehicle, the trooper found over 503 grams of fentanyl in a bag at the Elliott's feet. Elliott also had $1,065 in cash.

Elliott is scheduled to be sentenced on February 25, 2021.

"Fentanyl traffickers are jeopardizing public health and safety by distributing a potent and deadly drug," said U.S. Attorney Scott Murray. "The large quantity of fentanyl involved in this case could have led to many overdoses and deaths. I am grateful to the New Hampshire State Police and the DEA for their efforts to prevent this significant amont of fentanyl from being distributed in the Granite State."

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the New Hampshire State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis.

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