Man gets 12 years in prison

CONCORD – Grant Michallyszyn, the 23-year-old man Nashua police arrested last year after finding two firearms and large quantities of various illegal drugs in his hotel room, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in State Prison, federal officials said.

U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said Michallyszyn pleaded guilty in federal court in March to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

At the time of Michallyszyn’s arrest in late October, Nashua police said they picked him up inside an Amherst Street supermarket as officers acted on a tip.

After his arrest, police said members of Nashua’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit and investigators from the Attorney General’s office obtained a search warrant for his room at a local extended-stay hotel.

Police said investigators executing the warrant seized 45 grams of a “a tan powdery substance believed to be heroin/fentanyl,” along with 125 sublingual strips of the drug Suboxone; 143 pills believed to be gabapentin, a prescription anticonvulsant, and 79 pills believed to be clonazepam.

In addition to the two firearms and nine rounds of ammunition, investigators also located “small quantities” of substances believed to be methamphetamine and cocaine; $3,400 in cash; and “multiple digital scales and drug-packaging equipment,” according to police reports and court documents.

Murray called drug trafficking and gun violence “twin dangers” that, “as this case demonstrates, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are united” in fighting against.

“Armed drug traffickers present an enhanced danger to society,” Murray said, adding that law enforcement “will continue to protect the citizens of the Granite State (by) working together to identify, prosecute and incarcerate drug traffickers, who use guns as tools of their illegal trade.”

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph Bonavolonta said with Tuesday’s sentencing, Michallyszyn “is finally being held accountable for contributing to the opioid crisis that has devastated our communities.”

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_DeanS.