Life sentence possible for man who sold fatal drugs

  • Spencer Grayson of Concord —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A Merrimack County grand jury has indicted a Concord man accused of selling the fentanyl and methamphetamine that resulted in another man’s death last summer.

Spencer Grayson, 21, is charged with one count of acts prohibited for knowingly selling the drugs to Ryan Smith, who died July 26 after shooting up behind the Cumberland Farms on North Main Street in Concord. If found guilty, Grayson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with a possibility of parole.

Grayson was also indicted Friday on two additional counts of acts prohibited. One charge alleges Grayson was in possession of less than one gram of fentanyl, which he sold to Smith, and the other charge accuses Grayson of simply being in possession of the drug. Each charge carries a 7½- to 15-year prison sentence.

Days before his death, Smith had agreed to watch Grayson’s back and, in exchange, Grayson agreed to sell Smith methamphetamine at a cut-rate price, according to a sworn police affidavit.

Police reviewed social media posts and cellphone records and interviewed Grayson as part of the investigation.

When pressed about the source of the drugs that killed Smith, “Grayson said he did not want to be a ‘rat’ and felt that the overdose was solely Ryan’s own fault,” the affidavit says.

The state medical examiner concluded that Smith, 30, died of acute intoxication by fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Prosecutors allege Grayson continued to deal months after Smith fatally overdosed. A grand jury indicted Grayson in January on separate felony drug charges accusing him of selling methamphetamine and heroin to an undercover detective on three occasions in September. Those transactions occurred while Grayson was out of jail on bail in another drug case pending in Merrimack County Superior Court.