Former Nashuan to plead guilty to local drug charges

Nashua Police photo Damian Santos, 31, formerly of Nashua

NASHUA – Damien Santos, a former Nashua resident currently serving jail time in Massachusetts, is now scheduled to return to Hillsborough County Superior Court South later this month for a plea hearing on drug charges stemming from his 2016 arrests in Nashua.

In the meantime, Santos, 31, is being held at the Rockingham County jail in Brentwood, from which he will be transported to the Nashua court for the Nov. 28 plea and sentencing hearing.

Superior Court Chief Justice Tina L. Nadeau, who presided over Santos’s recent bail hearing in Nashua, ordered Santos held in Brentwood on an “IAD,” a document that essentially means Massachusetts and New Hampshire authorities agreed on where Santos would be held until he is returned to Massachusetts to resume serving his jail term.

He is serving the term at the Essex County jail, according to Nadeau’s order. Santos’s criminal history shows he was arrested in Chelmsford, Mass. in 2012 on a series of motor vehicle violations, including driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, speeding, operating after revocation.

He was also charged at the time on outstanding warrants on charges of destruction of property and felony breaking and entering, according to his history. It’s not clear if the time he is currently serving in Essex County is connected to those charges.

The Nashua charges, meanwhile, stem from two arrests in 2016. He was charged in May with one count each of sale of a narcotic drug and sale of a counterfeit drug, then in October with one count of possession of fentanyl.

The documents from his May arrest show an address of 46 Ledge St., and in October it is listed as 187 Searles Road, both in Nashua.

At the Nov. 28 hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., Santos is expected to enter guilty pleas to the charges as part of the agreement he and his attorneys reached with prosecutors.

Sentencing and other terms will be determined at that time.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.