Former Nashuan guilty of fentanyl trafficking

CONCORD – A former Nashua resident pled guilty in federal court to a fentanyl trafficking charge after a search yielded about 76 grams of fentanyl.

On Friday, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Arthur Voutselas, 27, previously of Nashua, pled guilty to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and will be sentenced on Oct. 26. Voutselas also sill forfeit $12,955.

“The deadly impact of fentanyl trafficking is being felt each day throughout the Granite State,” Murray said. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working closely with all of our law enforcement partners to protect lives and promote public safety. We will concentrate our efforts on identifying and prosecuting those who are selling this dangerous substance.”

According to court documents and statements made in court, on two separate occasions in January 2018, Voutselas sold small amounts of cocaine to a cooperating individual working with law enforcement. Later, in February 2018, a state court judge granted a search warrant for his Nashua residence, with that search uncovering about 76 grams of fentanyl, more than $10,000 and other evidence of narcotics trafficking. The search also yielded a scale, ledgers and bagging materials. As a result, Voutselas was arrested by state authorities and has been in custody since Feb. 21.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Rombeau and was investigated by the DEA and the Nashua Police Department.

“Fentanyl is causing deaths in record numbers, and DEA’s top priority is to aggressively pursue anyone who distributes this poison in order to profit and destroy lives,” Brian D. Boyle, DEA special agent in charge, said. “Illegal drug distribution ravages the very foundations of our families and communities, so every time we take fentanyl off the streets, lives are saved. This investigation demonstrates the strength of collaborative local, county and state law enforcement efforts in New Hampshire and our strong partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.