Ashland man sentenced to 10 years for fentanyl trafficking

CONCORD — A former Ashland man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for fentanyl trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray.

John Allard, 33, conspired with his wife and co-defendant, Stephanie Allard, to get involved in the sale of the opioid drug, according to court documents and statements made in court, in May 2017. On May 19, 2017, an individual who was cooperating with law enforcement officers arranged a fentanyl purchase with Stephanie Allard, then traveled to her residence in Ashland, where Mr. Allard sold fentanyl to the cooperating individual.

Allard pleaded guilty on June 4 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, and one count of distribution of fentanyl.

Stephanie Allard also pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges on June 4. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 25.

This case was investigated by the FBI New Hampshire Safe Streets Gang Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of the FBI, the New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Probation and Parole, and the Hudson, Manchester, and Nashua police departments. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane B. Kelbley.

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