Weare man pleads guilty to drug charges

Monitor staff
Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Weare man pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges.

Kenneth Bailey, 52, will be sentenced Feb. 1 after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to six counts of distributing controlled substances, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office said.

Prosecutors allege Bailey sold methamphetamine and a combination of cocaine and methamphetamine at his residence on five occasions in 2013 and once in 2014.

“Even as our state faces the serious challenge of the opioid crisis, methamphetamine also continues to pose a threat to our community,” acting U.S. Attorney John Farley said in a statement. “Using this dangerous drug can cause significant harm or death. We will continue to work closely with all of our law enforcement partners to stop the distribution of illegal drugs in the Granite State.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which has a New Hampshire division that includes local police, as well as officials involved with probation and parole. It was also supported by federal funding from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which targets major drug trafficking groups.