May 23, 2016 6:28 PM

NH man indicted for sale of fentanyl that led to woman's fatal overdose

NASHUA – A Nashua man has been indicted after officials say he sold a woman the fentanyl that ultimately killed her.

A grand jury indicted 27-year-old Kevin Manchester for several counts of the sale and possession of fentanyl, including a count of “acts prohibited, death resulting” for his alleged sale of fentanyl to Michelle MacLeod, who overdosed after taking fentanyl she allegedly bought from him back in January, the Attorney General’s office announced Monday.

According to authorities, the “acts prohibited, death resulting” charge alleges that Manchester knowingly sold fentanyl to MacLeod, which led to her death after she consumed the drug. If convicted, Manchester could face some serious prison time, including the possibility of being sentenced to life in prison.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says that fentanyl overdoses in New Hampshire claimed the lives over 280 people in 2015.

“Anytime there is a loss of life involving a drug overdose it is a tragic event; but even more so in this case given that the victim is a young mother,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “Those suffering from the disease of fentanyl and heroin addiction need access to treatment and recovery. However, those responsible for distributing these lethal drugs like heroin and fentanyl need to be held accountable for their actions. In response to the ongoing opioid epidemic, DEA and its local, state, and federal partners are committed to bringing to justice those that distribute this poison.”

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