CONCORD – David Campbell, 36, of Nashua, pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 16, 2019, three Nashua police officers were returning to the station from a patrol when they observed Campbell walking in a gas station parking lot. They paused to watch him. He seemed to be impaired as he was at times staring off into the distance and walking aimlessly in the parking area. During a consensual encounter, he was arrested after being found in possession of methamphetamine.
Accordingly, Campbell was arrested and transported back to the station. A subsequent search revealed distributable quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Campbell waived his Miranda rights and admitted to selling methamphetamine. He also acknowledged that he was working on a deal in the parking lot before the officers confronted him.
Campbell is scheduled to be sentenced on November 13, 2020.
“In this case, alert Nashua police officers were able to prevent the distribution of dangerous drugs and allow us to bring a drug trafficker to justice in federal court,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “This is exactly the type of law enforcement partnership that Operation SOS was designed to promote. We will continue to coordinate with Nashua Police Department and all of the law enforcement agencies in Hillsborough County to disrupt the distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamine.”
This matter was investigated by the Nashua Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim Barth.
This case is part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.). In July of 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of S.O.S., which is being implemented in the District of New Hampshire and nine other federal districts. The goal of S.O.S. is to combat the large number of overdoses and deaths associated with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. In New Hampshire, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is focusing its efforts on prosecuting synthetic opioid trafficking cases arising in Hillsborough County, which includes Manchester and Nashua.