Northfield man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

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Monday, December 18, 2017
NORTHFIELD Man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

A Northfield man has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.

Justin Gauthier, 39, will be sentenced in March for possessing methamphetamine, fentanyl and carfentanil with the intent to distribute, as well as a charge of possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Law enforcement officers executed two search warrants at Gauthier’s residence during the past two years. As a result of the first search on Aug. 5, 2016, authorities seized methamphetamine, fentanyl, multiple firearms and $13,980 in cash, according to court documents. Seven months later, officers found additional quantities of methamphetamine, fentanyl and carfentanil, as well as multiple firearms and $6,791 in cash.

“Guns and drugs are a deadly combination, and those who use guns as part of the drug trade present a substantial threat to our community,” said Acting United States Attorney John Farley. “This case is particularly notable because the defendant was distributing carfentanil. Carfentanil is far more powerful than fentanyl and presents a serious public safety concern.”

The case was investigated by local, state and federal authorities.

Gauthier’s sentencing is scheduled for March 27 in U.S. District Court in Concord.

Alyssa Dandrea