CONCORD, N.H. – Nicholas Messina, 27, of Haverhill pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possessing controlled substances with intent to distribute, according to U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray. 

According to court documents, Messina was arrested at a hotel in Nashua with fentanyl, cocaine, thousands of dollars, and a loaded firearm. In an interview following his arrest, Messina admitted that he possessed the drugs for distribution.

“Drugs and guns are a potentially lethal combination,” Murray said. “Traffickers who use firearms to further their distribution activities present a heightened concern for law enforcement agencies. In order to protect the public from harm, we will aggressively prosecute those who engage in this hazardous activity.”

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Nashua Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Z. Krasinski. 

“ATF will continue to work with our federal, state and local law enforcement counterparts to vigorously combat drug traffickers and the threat they pose to our citizens by illegally possessing firearms in furtherance of their illegal drug trade," said Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge at the ATF, Boston Field Division.

Messina is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 12.