CONCORD – Arnetta Harris, 60, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to one count of aiding and abetting the distribution of a controlled substance, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 14, 2018, Harris sold crack cocaine to another individual who in turn sold the crack cocaine to an undercover officer. Shortly after the sale, officers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Harris was driving and a search revealed crack cocaine in a DVD case located in the footwell of the car. After her arrest, Harris admitted that she drove another individual to conduct the drug transaction. She further confirmed the DVD case was used in the drug transaction.
Harris is scheduled to be sentenced on August 31, 2021.
Harris is one of eleven individuals charged in this drug trafficking case. All have pleaded guilty. Several members of the conspiracy have received substantial prison sentences. Melvin Nooks, Jr. was sentenced on April 2, 2020, to 120 months. George Cruz was sentenced on July 30, 2020, to 63 months. Mallory Nooks was sentenced on February 25, 2020, to 60 months. Marvin Morrison was sentenced on May 13, 2020, to 15 months. Don Johnson was sentenced on February 13, 2020, to 42 months. Isaiah Kinard pleaded guilty on December 18, 2019, Lawrence Fortenberry pleaded guilty on January 7, 2020, William Greenleaf pleaded guilty on January 14, 2020, and Melvin Stanford pleaded guilty on April 9, 2021. They are all awaiting sentencing.
“Drug trafficking endangers public health and safety in our communities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “Working closely with our law enforcement partners, we are targeting the organizations that distribute dangerous drugs in Nashua and throughout the Granite State. While this organization has been dismantled, we continue to work each day to identify and target other criminal organizations that threaten our citizens.”
“Arnetta Harris and her criminal cohorts thought they were above the law and could traffic crack cocaine in the neighborhoods of Nashua without getting caught. The hard work of the NH Safe Streets Gang Task Force in dismantling this organization and disrupting the flow of dangerous drugs to our area has paid off, but there is much more work to be done to ensure that other criminal enterprises don’t try to fill the void left by this one,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.
The case was a collaborative investigation that involved the FBI New Hampshire Safe Streets Gang Task Force; the Nashua Police Department; the New Hampshire State Police; the Manchester Police Department; New Hampshire Probation and Parole; DEA; Massachusetts State Police Department; Portsmouth Police Department and the Federal Protective Service. The United States Marshals Service also assisted in the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Georgiana MacDonald and Anna Krasinski.
This investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.