New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2018

Danielle Sakowski, Assistant Attorney General
Drug Prosecution Unit
(603) 271-3671

Jon Orme Convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute Carfentanil

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Jon Orme, age 30, was convicted today of possessing more than five grams of carfentanil with the intent to sell. A Hillsborough County Superior Court, Northern District jury returned a guilty verdict on that charge this afternoon. The jury acquitted Mr. Orme of being a felon in possession of a 20-gauge shotgun.

The charges against Mr. Orme stemmed from the execution of a search warrant by law enforcement on May 4, 2017 at 194 Beech Hill Avenue, Apartment 11, Manchester, where Orme was believed to be selling carfentanil. When the warrant was executed, officers found Orme in the apartment living room, near drugs later determined to be carfentanil, over $10,000 in cash, and two .20 gauge shotgun shells. A sawed-off shotgun was found in the kitchen.

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. The maximum possible penalty for possession of more than five grams of carfentanil with the intent to sell is 15-30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Sentencing in Mr. Orme's case is scheduled in the Hillsborough County Superior Court, Northern District for April 24, 2017.

The successful prosecution of this case was the result of a joint investigation and collaboration by the Manchester Police Department, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the New Hampshire Department of Justice's Drug Prosecution Unit.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
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