Manchester couple pleads guilty to meth manufacturing charges

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CONCORD — Two Manchester residents admitted in federal court to their roles in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, according to U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young.

Charles Winchell, 41, and Catherine Quinn, 42, entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to produce the drug with a minor present and possession of materials for methamphetamine production.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro set Winchell’s sentencing for Sept. 16 and Quinn’s for Sept. 30.

Throughout 2023, Winchell and Quinn repeatedly purchased pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth production.

A search warrant at their home led to the discovery of pseudoephedrine, other manufacturing ingredients, and about 6 grams of methamphetamine.

Twelve people, including three children under five years old, were living in the residence at the time.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and at least three years of supervised release.

The presence of a child during the offense adds a potential consecutive 20-year sentence and an additional $1,000,000 fine.

The charge for possessing manufacturing materials could result in up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.

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