Suspected NH drug dealer could face life in prison for selling killer dose of fentanyl
MANCHESTER — A 30-year-old mother could face up to life in prison after investigators say she sold a deadly dose of fentanyl to a friend.
Heather Flattery was taken back to New Hampshire on Wednesday after she was arrested last month in Nevada, a few months after the deadly overdose took place.
Prosecutors said text messages on the victim’s cell phone revealed Flattery had delivered the drugs. A few days later Flattery agreed to sell to an undercover officer and was arrested. While on bail, she and her husband left the state and were arrested in Nevada on Dec. 19, 2016.
Flattery is charged with dispensing a controlled drug with death resulting, possession and intent to distribute.
Prosecutors said she told investigators she is not a high-level dealer.
“She stated that she was not a big-time dealer and she only sold drugs to friends,” said Brett Harpster, an assistant Hillsborough County attorney.
The defense questioned why the state hasn’t gone after the person who sold Flattery the drugs.
“She had problems with drugs, she’s a drug addict she needs help,” said Public Defender Todd Russell.
Russell asked for $10,000 bail, but prosecutors argued Flattery is a flight risk who has already evaded capture once and gave authorities in Nevada a fake name.
The judge set bail at $500,000 cash or surety. A trial is likely to take place in April.