Northfield man pleads guilty to drug trafficking, gun charges
December 16. 2017 12:17AM
CONCORD — A Northfield man pleaded guilty to drug possession, drug trafficking and firearm charges in federal court Friday.
Justin Gauthier, 39, will be sentenced March 27.
When he was indicted last June, federal authorities said Gauthier faced up to 25 years in prison including a five-year mandatory sentence on the firearm charges.
The guilty pleas are to possession of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil with the intent to distribute, and illegal possession of guns to further drug trafficking crimes.
During the first of two searches of his residence Aug. 5, 2016, federal officials seized methamphetamine and fentanyl along with multiple guns and $13,980 in cash.
A second search warrant last March 10 led to the discovery of quantities of methamphetamine, fentanyl, carfentanil and many more guns along with $6,791 in cash.
“Guns and drugs are a deadly combination and those who use guns as part of the drug trade present a substantial threat to our community,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley.
“This case is particularly notable because the defendant was distributing carfentanil. Carfentanil is far more powerful than fentanyl and presents a serious public safety concern. In order to protect the public, we will work closely with all of our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who seek to profit from the distribution of carfentanil and other deadly substances.”
The New Hampshire State Police, Narcotics Investigation Unit, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Tilton and Northfield police departments all worked on the case.