(STL.News) – Timothy Lafond, 41, of Rochester, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday, to 198 months for drug trafficking, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in August 2018, Lafond made a series of fentanyl transactions with individual who were cooperating with the Drug Enforcement Administration. On September 4, 2018, the DEA conducted a motor vehicle stop of Lafond and arrested him as he left his Rochester apartment. During a search of Lafond, agents found several bags of fentanyl. In addition, agents located a backpack belonging to Lafond that contained 1.96 kilograms of fentanyl. Later that day, the DEA executed a search warrant at a storage unit belonging to Lafond. In the storage unit, an officer found another 1.1 kilograms of fentanyl.
Lafond pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute on July 30, 2019.
“Fentanyl is an incredibly deadly substance that is endangering the lives of people throughout New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “By seizing multiple kilograms of fentanyl from this defendant, the DEA may have prevented countless overdoses and deaths. Fentanyl dealers in New Hampshire should take notice of this lengthy sentence. Continuing to sell this lethal drug, will result in arrest and incarceration in a federal prison for a substantial portion of their lives.”
“Fentanyl is causing great damage to our communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle. “The DEA will continue to use every resource available to identify those, like Mr. Lafond, who are contributing to the crisis. Today’s sentence not only holds Mr. Lafond accountable for his crimes but serves as a warning that DEA and its local, state and federal partners will do everything in our power to keep this poison off the streets of New Hampshire.”
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Seth Aframe and Charles Rombeau.
This case was supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.