Dominican national sentenced for selling fentanyl in Nashua
NASHUA – Helen Pamela Flores Feliz, 28, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, was sentenced to serve 30 months in federal prison for distributing fentanyl in Nashua.
According to U.S. Attorney Scott Murray, Flores Feliz pleaded guilty to selling fentanyl in Nashua on multiple occasions from May 2017 to February 2018.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Its commercial names include Actiq, Duragesic and Sublimaze.
“Opioids are killing hundreds of residents of New Hampshire each year,” Murray said. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to target drug traffickers who seek to sell fentanyl and other opioids in the Granite State. I commend the law enforcement officers for protecting the community from the dangers posed by the fentanyl in this case.”
The defendant, most recently residing in Lawrence, Massachusetts, reportedly attempted to assume a false identity. Murray said at the time of her arrest, she possessed a fraudulent birth certificate, driver’s license, and U.S. passport.
Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle said officials are committed to battling opioid trafficking.
“DEA is committed to investigating drug trafficking organizations and individuals like Ms. Flores Feliz who are responsible for distributing lethal drugs like fentanyl to the citizens of New Hampshire,” Boyle said. “Let this sentence be a warning to those traffickers who are coming from out of state to distribute this poison in order to profit and destroy people’s lives.”
Murray said he believes Flores Feliz will likely be deported to the Dominican Republic at the conclusion of her prison sentence.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgiana L. Konesky.