New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
August 2, 2019

Kate Spiner, Director of Communications | 603-573-6103

Danielle Sakowski, Senior Assistant Attorney General | (603) 271-3671

Sean Locke, Assistant Attorney General

Eliot Steele Convicted of Possession of Carfentanil

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Ossipee Police Chief Joseph Duchesne announce that Eliot Steele (age 33), was convicted of possession of carfentanil, subsequent offense on July 31, 2019, following a two-day jury trial in the Carroll County Superior Court. Sentencing in Mr. Steele's case is scheduled for October 4, 2019.

The charge against Mr. Steele stemmed from the execution of a search warrant on a vehicle by law enforcement on May 4, 2017, in which Mr. Steele had been a passenger. The vehicle was driven by Mr. Steele's wife. A substance, later determined to be carfentanil, was found in the glovebox of the vehicle. Instrumentalities of drug use were found throughout the vehicle as well.

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 a controlled drug as a subsequent offense is 7½-15 years in prison and a $200,000 fine.

The successful prosecution of this case was the result of a joint investigation and collaboration by the Ossipee Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Danielle Sakowski and Assistant Attorney General Sean Locke prosecuted this case.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658