Oct 2, 2015 3:37 PM
First heroin offense leads to prison term; judge sends a message
BRENTWOOD - A nurse's assistant from Massachusetts will serve one to two years in the N.H. State Prison after she was found in possession of 40 grams of heroin following a Portsmouth traffic stop.
The amount of heroin that officers found her carrying equates to about 400 doses on the street, according the state Trooper Brian Gacek, who conducted the initial traffic stop. Cordero was later indicted on possession with intent to distribute.
Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Kathleen Phinney argued that Angie Cordero, 30, of Dorchester, Mass., should serve time at the state prison despite her lack of any prior criminal history because of the seriousness of the offense. She cited the growing number of overdose deaths in the state. Phinney said Cordero was neither driven by addiction nor the lack of a job, according to a news release from Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway.
Judge William Delker sentenced Cordero on Friday to a prison term rather than jail, as recommended by the defense. He reasoned that Cordero should have known better and that the Court needed to send a strong message to the community that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.