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City man pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking and firearms charges

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

September 19. 2018 10:55PM




CONCORD — A city man caught with nearly a kilogram of fentanyl last year has pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and firearms charges.

Kory Almand, 35, of Manchester, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Concord to participating in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Atty. Scott Murray said.

According to court documents and statements made in court, beginning in early 2016 and continuing through his arrest in July 2017, Almand conspired with others in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine to obtain large quantities of fentanyl from sources in Lawrence, Mass., for distribution in New Hampshire and Maine.

According to court documents, on July 2, 2017, Tilton police pulled over an individual for an equipment violation. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 29 “fingers” (approximately 290 grams) of fentanyl.

In a series of interviews with police, the individual admitted to being a drug runner who delivered illegal drugs, money or both for a white male known as “Tony,” later identified by police as Almand. The individual stated they had been working for Almand for the past year delivering drugs.

On July 18, 2017, while acting at the direction of law enforcement, the individual arranged for a New Hampshire state police undercover detective to contact Almand directly to purchase 10 “fingers” of fentanyl.

The following day, the detective met Almand in Manchester and purchased 10 “fingers” from him for $3,000. Subsequent laboratory analysis of the “fingers” showed them to contain 100.96 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl.

On July 25, 2017, the undercover detective made a second purchase of $5,500 worth of fentanyl from the defendant in Manchester. Subsequent laboratory analysis showed that the defendant sold the detective 198.08 grams of fentanyl. Almand was arrested after making this sale.

After his arrest, police executed a search warrant on Almand’s vehicle and seized $750 in cash and a quantity of drugs that turned out to be 267.67 grams of fentanyl.

According to court documents, as officers were attempting to handcuff Almand, he resisted by refusing to show the arresting officers his hands upon command and attempted to pull an object, later determined to be a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson Model 37 revolver, loaded with four hollow-point bullets, from his waistband.

Almand will be sentenced on Jan. 4, 2019. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years on the drug conspiracy charge and an additional five-year mandatory minimum sentence on the firearm charge.

“The transportation of fentanyl into the State of New Hampshire poses a significant and ongoing threat to our community,” Murray said. “When dealers in dangerous drugs carry firearms, the peril to public safety is even greater. In order to protect the citizens of the Granite State, we will continue to work closely with all of our law enforcement partners to put fentanyl traffickers out of business. Because of the risks presented by these crimes, we will not hesitate to seek mandatory minimum sentences for traffickers, especially those who use or possess firearms.”


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