Fitchburg Man Among 9 Indicted for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Fitchburg Man Among 9 Indicted for Drug Trafficking Conspiracy 1

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CONCORD, NH – Nine individuals were charged on Monday for participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy — including a 28-year-old Fitchburg man — according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

On March 6, Melvin Nooks, Jr., of Fitchburg, along with eight other individuals from New Hampshire were charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

“Drug traffickers endanger the health and safety of our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray.  “The arrest and prosecution of drug traffickers is a top priority for this office.  We are working closely with the FBI and all of our law enforcement partners to stop the distribution of drugs in order to protect the citizens of the Granite State.”

The indictments are the culmination of a year-long investigation by the FBI in coordination with federal, state, and local authorities in New Hampshire.

The nine people involved in the conspiracy are listed here:

  • George Cruz, 30, Nashua, New Hampshire;
  • Lawrence Fortenberry, 65, Nashua, New Hampshire;
  • William Greenleaf, 42, Nashua, New Hampshire;
  • Donald Johnson, 34, Nashua, New Hampshire;
  • Isaiah Kinard, 29, Manchester, New Hampshire;
  • Marvin Morrison, 36, Nashua, New Hampshire;
  • Terray Morrison, 30, Nashua, New Hampshire;
  • Melvin Nooks, Jr., 28, Fitchburg, Massachusetts; and
  • Melvin Stanford, 40, Manchester, New Hampshire

If convicted, Nooks, Jr. – along with Morrison, Stanford, and Cruz – will  face a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison and a maximum sentence of life, as well as a fine of up to $10 million.

The other defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

“As alleged, these individuals distributed crack cocaine in New Hampshire for several years and disrupting drug trafficking organizations like this one is a critical part of our mission. The FBI will continue to focus our energy, and expertise to help our law enforcement partners stem the tide of drugs flooding our streets,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.

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