Convicted drug dealer indicted in fentanyl charge

By BEA LEWIS, for THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA – The man who pleaded guilty to helping provide the heroin the caused the overdose death of a 23-year-old city woman in 2011 has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess and sell the drug.

Stephen Marando, 56, most recently of Belmont, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin, death resulting, and the state agreed to drop a charge of sale of a narcotic drug resulting in death.

A detention hearing for Marando is scheduled to be held Thursday, Dec. 14, in U.S. District Court in Concord. The indictments returned Nov. 1, allege the crimes occurred in mid-April and name Louis Gardner, Heidi Langevin and Robert Saint John, as co-conspirators. The charging documents had been sealed until the defendants were arrested.

Ashley Denty, a native of Natick, Massachusetts, was found dead in her Union Avenue apartment on April 1, 2011, after neighbors heard her toddler crying and couldn't get Denty to respond to first knocks, and then pounding on her door. The New Hampshire Medical Examiner's Office ruled that her death was caused by acute heroin intoxication.

Marando was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison with one year of the minimum suspended upon successful completion of a residential drug treatment program. He was also ordered to make restitution of $5,704 to Edwin Denty for funeral expenses.

Marando additionally pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, possession of alprazolam and misdemeanor marijuana possession and received suspended or concurrent sentences.

The Prison Classification Board later requested the court grant Marando work release saying that they had considered his background, institutional adjustment and prognosis and believed that the likelihood of rehabilitation would be enhanced by allowing him to be employed while serving his sentence. The request was granted. He completed his minimum sentence in April 2014.

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