CONCORD – David Campbell, 36, of Nashua, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for drug trafficking on Friday, 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. 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 previously pleaded guilty on July 24, 2020.
“Drug traffickers distribute illegal substances that undermine public health and safety,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “In order to combat their dangerous activities, we work closely with the Nashua Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute the individuals who peddle lethal substances in the Granite State.”
This matter was investigated by the Nashua Police Department. The case was 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.