MANCHESTER, NH – Brian O’Rourke, 54, of Manchester, pleaded guilty on Dec. 22 to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents and statements made during Friday’s plea hearing, on or about April 19, 2017, U.S. Postal Inspectors intercepted a suspicious package mailed to O’Rourke from Las Vegas, Nevada, that they opened pursuant to a federal search warrant. Inside, they found 5.349 kilograms – approximately 12 pounds – of highly potent methamphetamine. After removing the methamphetamine and substituting a “dummy” substance to restore the package to its original weight, Postal Inspectors arranged for the delivery of the package to O’Rourke. Surveilling law enforcement officers then watched O’Rourke as he drove to an area behind a Manchester furniture store, where O’Rourke met with Dustin Moss, and transferred the package to Moss. Four days later, O’Rourke received another package, which Postal Inspectors opened with O’Rourke’s consent. Inside was an additional 3.571 kilograms – or eight pounds – of highly potent methamphetamine.
Dustin Moss, 29, of Manchester, Katrina Jones, 39, of Goffstown, and Sabrina Moss, 31, of Manchester, also face federal charges related to this methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. Dustin Moss and Katrina Jones are scheduled for trial on March 6, 2018. Sabrina Moss is scheduled for trial on January 23, 2018.
O’Rourke’s sentencing has been scheduled for March 30, 2018.
“Although our state is facing a significant opioid crisis, other dangerous drugs continue to present a threat to the Granite State,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “Methamphetamine is a deadly drug that has been linked to overdoses in New Hampshire. I commend the law enforcement officers for their work in this case, which prevented a very substantial amount of methamphetamine from being distributed in our community.”
This matter was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the N.H. Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bill Morse and John Davis.