CONCORD, N.H. – Meredith Willey, 38, of Groveton was sentenced Tuesday to serve more than five years in prison for taking part in a drug-dealing conspiracy, according to U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray.

According to court documents, agents and task-force officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration learned that on March 1, 2018, a person intended to travel from New Hampshire to a location in Lawrence to purchase 250 grams of a controlled substance.

Agents watched the area of the sale and saw a known drug trafficker get in the back seat of the car and exit a few minutes later, according to Murray. The vehicle left Massachusetts and agents followed it directly to New Hampshire, according to court documents.

The agents informed a New Hampshire state trooper patrolling Interstate Route 93 about their surveillance observations, according to Murray.

The trooper stopped the vehicle for traffic violations and identified Willey as the driver, according to court documents.

Willey said that she and her co-conspirator went to Lawrence to buy “dope,” according to Murray. 

Willey consented to a search of the car, and troopers found a hidden compartment containing approximately 240 grams of fentanyl, according to Murray.

Willey said she and the co-conspirator purchased fentanyl in Lawrence and resold the drug in New Hampshire, according to Murray.

After a search of Willey’s and her co-conspirator’s residence, law enforcement seized $11,000 in drug proceeds and five firearms, according to Murray.

Willey previously pleaded guilty Sept. 24, 2018. 

“Interstate fentanyl traffickers will be arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to prison terms,” Murray said. “The law enforcement community in New Hampshire is united in its determination to stop the flow of fentanyl into the Granite State. By aggressively prosecuting the traffickers who bring this deadly drug into New Hampshire, we are seeking to protect all of our state’s citizens.”

The case was a collaborative investigation that involved the DEA, the New Hampshire State Police Department, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Nashua Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police Department, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, United States Customs and Border Protection Boston Field Office, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, the Manchester Police Department, the Lisbon Police Department, the Littleton Police Department, the Seabrook Police Department, the Haverhill Police Department, the Methuen Police Department, the Lowell Police Department and the Maine State Police Department.

 “Fentanyl is causing deaths in record numbers and DEA’s top priority is to aggressively pursue anyone who distributes this poison,” said DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Brian D. Boyle. “Today’s sentence not only holds Ms. Willey accountable for her crimes but serves as a warning to those traffickers who are fueling the opioid epidemic.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Georgiana L. Konesky, Seth R. Aframe and Debra M. Walsh.