15 arrested on federal charges

CONCORD – Authorities on Thursday arrested a total of 15 New Hampshire residents on a variety of federal charges, with many of them related to fentanyl and/or other drugs.

Those arrested include:

 Thomas Blanchette, 42, Rochester – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl;

 Christopher Stearns, 46, Rochester – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl;

 Amy Patch, 37, Rochester – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl;

 Nicholas Barton, 34, Rochester – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl;

 Randy Stevens, 28, Farmington – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl;

 Kyle Forest, 25, Rochester – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl;

 Derek Rand, 30, Farmington – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, fentanyl;

 Sasha Rand, 33, Farmington – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl;

 James Nesbitt, 42, Rochester – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, fentanyl and methamphetamine;

 Haley Hansler, 32, Rochester – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine;

 William McKay, 45, Rochester – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine;

 Angel Wilson, 33, Rochester – possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute;

 Stephanie Joy, 42, Rochester – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl;

 Joshua George, 37, Somersworth – conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, fentanyl; and

 Dean Smoronk, 57, Farmington – possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a stolen firearm.

“This coordinated sweep serves notice once again of law enforcement’s determination to disrupt the sale of fentanyl, methamphetamine and other dangerous drugs in New Hampshire” U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said. “Accordingly, we will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to arrest and prosecute those responsible. In order to keep the public safe from violent crime, we will also aggressively target those who unlawfully possess firearms. These prosecutions are an example of how federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies can work together to keep the Granite State safe.”