New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2022

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

Jesse O’Neill, Senior Assistant Attorney General | (603) 271-3671

Guilty Plea in State v. Samantha Bidwell

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella, United States Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent-in-Charge Brian D. Boyle, and Ashland Police Chief William R. Ulwick, announce that Samantha Bidwell has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for her role in a conspiracy to sell fentanyl in New Hampshire.

On February 9, 2022, Samantha Bidwell, age 33, of Ashland, New Hampshire, was sentenced in the Grafton County Superior Court to 8-20 years stand committed in the New Hampshire State Prison.

Ms. Bidwell was arrested in June of 2019 on a charge of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to sell, subsequent offense. She was subsequently indicted in September of 2019 on that charge as well as conspiracy to sell a controlled drug, subsequent offense. Ms. Bidwell, along with others, procured kilogram-quantities of fentanyl from a Haverhill, MA source and distributed that fentanyl in the greater Grafton County area over an approximately one-year period.

The investigation and resolution of this case are the result of the collaborative efforts of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Hampshire State Police, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, the Ashland Police Department, and the Plymouth Police Department.

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