Arrests rising for carfentanil cases in New Hampshire

  • In May, Gilford police seized more than five grams of suspected narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.

Associated Press
Thursday, June 29, 2017

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office said it’s investigating more than three dozen cases involving the deadly synthetic drug carfentanil.

Authorities say there have been six confirmed deaths from the elephant tranquilizer, now being mixed with heroin with fatal results. The drug is much more powerful than heroin or fentanyl, so much so that a small amount of carfentanil could be fatal.

Officials said they have indictments in seven of the 36 cases. Just this week, the attorney general’s office announced three indictments against two Rochester men and a Franklin woman for possessing the drug.

Prosecutors say John Furber was arrested at a Rochester hotel in April after reports of suspicious activity there. He was charged with possessing fentanyl and carfentanil with the intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine, and he was indicted on June 16.

In March, Rochester police were called to a gas station for a report of possible drug activity and made contact with Joshua Day. Prosecutors say Day had carfentanil and cocaine on him, but he was not charged with trying to sell it. He was indicted on possession charges on June 21.

On April 11, Franklin police responded to the apartment of Jillian Broomstein for an unrelated matter and said they found carfentanil and fentanyl inside. Broomstein was indicted on possession charges on June 16.

Earlier this month, Justin Gauthier, 39, of Northfield was indicted in federal court for possessing methamphetamine, fentanyl and carfentanil with the intent to distribute, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Associate Attorney General Jane Young said the drug is not being manufactured in New Hampshire, but is being brought in across state borders. The majority of the office’s cases are in the southern part of the state.