Although unsure of his real name, an Andover man was sentenced to seven and one-half years in prison for conspiracy to distribute in excess of 40 grams of the drug fentanyl.
“Although the defendant has used the names Rolando Sierra-Oyola and William Santiago, his true identity is not clear,” said New Hampshire’s acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley Thursday. His customers called him “Sample Dude” because he often gave free samples of fentanyl as an incentive to buy larger quantities.
The man conspired to distribute fentanyl on multiple occasions in and around Lawrence from approximately October 2015 through July 2016, according to court documents and statements.
In addition to delivering the drugs himself several times while under police surveillance, the defendant also sent a runner on other occasions to make the deliveries after New Hampshire-based customers called the defendant’s telephone. After his arrest, police searched his Andover apartment and found more fentanyl.
“The United States Attorney’s office is committed to working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to address the significant presence of fentanyl in New Hampshire,” said Farley. “This defendant distributed substantial quantities of a very deadly substance. I commend the law enforcement officers who worked together to put this drug dealer out of business. We will continue to work each day to target drug trafficking organizations that are responsible for distributing fentanyl and other opioids in our community.”