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Man pleads guilty to selling heroin to police informant

NASHUA – A Nashua man will spend the next year and a half in federal prison after pleading guilty to selling heroin to a police informant two times last fall.

Christopher O’Riley, formerly of 29 Temple St., was arrested in October by Nashua police and FBI agents assigned to the New Hampshire Safe Streets Gang Task Force. On Monday, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting to selling two $80 bags of heroin to someone working with Nashua police in September, according to court documents. ...

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NASHUA – A Nashua man will spend the next year and a half in federal prison after pleading guilty to selling heroin to a police informant two times last fall.

Christopher O’Riley, formerly of 29 Temple St., was arrested in October by Nashua police and FBI agents assigned to the New Hampshire Safe Streets Gang Task Force. On Monday, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting to selling two $80 bags of heroin to someone working with Nashua police in September, according to court documents.

O’Riley was one of five people arrested when city police targeted a room house at 29 Temple St. He was acting as the building manager at the time, police said.

Police said a Haverhill, Mass., woman was supplying about 10 grams of heroin a day to O’Riley and three other 29 Temple St. residents who would then sell it themselves, police said.

Police focused on the 29 Temple St. building and others following a spate of armed robberies in the city last summer they believed were fueled by drug addiction.

“We knew there was a substantial amount of heroin coming out of that building so we concentrated our efforts,” Nashua police Lt. David Bailey said following the arrests. “Seventy grams a week going through that building. That’s a problem.”

O’Riley waived the need to be indicted by a federal grand jury and was sentenced Monday. A judge sentenced him to 18 months in prison, ordered him participate in drug and alcohol treatment programs in prison, as well as three years of supervised release, according to court documents.

The maximum sentence for each of the charges was 20 years and a $1 million fine, according to court documents.

The 10 grams of heroin O’Riley and the others were selling fetched about $800 in Nashua, Bailey said after the arrests, meaning the group was bringing in as much as $5,600 a week.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).