Weare man sentenced to 10 years for possession of fentanyl, firearms

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WEARE –– A Weare man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison today for possession of firearms and ammunition as a prohibited person, as well as intent to distribute fentanyl, according to U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young.

Brian Elliott, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Landya McCafferty to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

Elliott pled guilty on June 8, 2023, to one count of possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, and two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

On May 22, 2021, Elliott fled on foot from a vehicle stop conducted by a Goffstown police officer. During a foot chase, Elliott pointed a gun at the officer and threatened to shoot.

Elliott dropped a backpack containing approximately 138 grams of fentanyl and over 100 rounds of various types of ammunition. A loaded firearm was also recovered from the scene the next day.

Elliott was apprehended at a Holiday Inn in Manchester on May 24, 2021, following successful negotiations.

A subsequent search of his hotel room yielded additional fentanyl, another firearm, and ammunition. As a convicted felon, Elliott was legally prohibited from possessing firearms.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the investigation with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Goffstown and Manchester Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron Gingrande and Cam Le are prosecuting the case.

The prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation, a multi-agency approach aimed at disrupting and dismantling high-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States.

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