Keene Man Sentenced for Manufacturing Methamphetamine

CONCORD, N.H. – Jesse Dennis, 32, of Keene, New Hampshire was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on or about January 13, 2016, the defendant was pulled over after committing various traffic infractions in Keene, New Hampshire. The defendant consented to a search of his vehicle where officers found various implements and ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine. The defendant admitted that he had attempted to manufacture methamphetamine on various occasions. After executing a search warrant for his vehicle, officers uncovered materials that a New Hampshire State police forensic laboratory chemist determined are collectively consistent with methamphetamine manufacturing via the one-pot method. The chemist also determined that samples taken from the vehicle indicated the presence of methamphetamine.

Dennis, who previously pleaded guilty, will be on supervised release for three years after he serves his prison sentence.

“Methamphetamine poses a serious threat to our community,” Acting U.S. Attorney Farley said.  “While this drug is dangerous to those who ingest it, it can be particularly hazardous when it is manufactured in vehicles or homes.  This unsafe practice can lead to fires and explosions and creates a frightening hazard to innocent individuals in the area.  I commend the law enforcement officers in this case whose quick actions prevented a potential tragedy.”

“This sentence reflects DEA’s strong commitment to bring to justice those that manufacture methamphetamine,” said Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson.  “DEA and its local, state and federal law enforcement partners will do everything in our power to keep this highly addictive drug off the streets of New Hampshire.  This investigation demonstrates the strength of collaborative law enforcement efforts in New Hampshire and our strong partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to aggressively pursue anyone who manufactures this poison.”

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Keene, New Hampshire Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Georgiana L. Konesky.

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