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Manchester man sentenced to 15-30 years on drug charges

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March 02. 2018 9:25PM
Jon Orme appears in court on Monday at his trial. Orme was found with cash and drugs and a sawed-off shotgun during a SWAT raid in Manchester last May. (Mark Hayward/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — A Manchester man faces decades in prison after a Hillsborough County Superior Court jury convicted him Friday of possessing, with the intent to sell, more than 5 grams of the deadly opioid carfentanil.

Jon Orme, 30, was arrested last May after police raided an apartment at 194 Beech Hill Ave.

According to a news release from the Attorney General’s office, which prosecuted the case, when police executed a search warrant at the Manchester apartment, they found Orme in the living room with drugs later determined to be carfentanil and more than $10,000 in cash.

Police also found a sawed-off shotgun and two shotgun shells in the apartment.

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 10 times more potent than fentanyl. The maximum penalty for possessing more than 5 grams of the drug with the intent to sell is 15 to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, according to the Attorney General’s office.

Orme was acquitted on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced in April.

The case was the result of a joint investigation by Manchester police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the state Department of Justice’s drug prosecution unit.

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