Manchester Woman Pleads Guilty to Participating in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy | USAO-NH

           CONCORD – Melissa Gazaway, 33, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, fentanyl and crack cocaine, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

           According to court documents and statements made in court, in the spring of 2020, investigators received information from confidential sources that Gazaway and her co-defendants, Jovan and Chrystal Callaghan, were selling crack cocaine and fentanyl from their residence in Manchester. Law enforcement officers learned that Gazaway and Chrystal Callaghan would travel to New York to purchase crack cocaine. On three separate occasions, officers conducted lawful traffic stops of their vehicle returning from New York and seized over 300 grams of crack cocaine. In late 2020, confidential sources conducted six controlled purchases of fentanyl and crack cocaine from the three co-defendants.

           On December 24, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at the residence and seized over one kilogram of fentanyl and a firearm, along with large amounts of cash and drug use and packaging materials.             

            Jovan and Chrystal Callaghan previously pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced on July 6, 2021.

            Gazaway is scheduled to be sentenced on August 9, 2021.    

            “Drug trafficking continues to threaten public health and safety in communities throughout New Hampshire,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “In order to protect the citizens of the Granite State, we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to stop the flow of illegal drugs into New Hampshire.  Today’s conviction is another example of our efforts to target the drug dealers who seek to profit from the sale of fentanyl and other dangerous drugs.”

             This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Hampshire State Police, the Manchester Police Department, and the Nashua Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgiana L. MacDonald.

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