Man Who Sold Heroin In Plaistow Store Receives 12-Year Prison Sentence

U.S. District Court, Concord, N.H. (File photograph.)

U.S. District Court, Concord, N.H.

A man who was caught selling heroin and fentanyl inside a Plaistow, N.H., store was sentenced this week to 12 years in federal prison.

As WHAV reported in August, 55-year-old Rafael Delacruz, also known as “Simba,” previously pleaded guilty to what was described as three “hand-to-hand exchanges” with drug buyers in 2015, inside the unidentified Plaistow store. He also admitted to selling fentanyl inside an Epping, N.H. store during 2016. Prosecutors also said Delacruz was connected with an overdose death in Berwick, Maine.

After his release from prison, said Acting New Hampshire U.S. Attorney John J. Farley, Delacruz will also be required to serve a six-year term of supervised release.

When he was arrested June 22, 2016, he was found with some of the money he received during a transaction earlier that day. A search of Delacruz’ residence in Lawrence also uncovered $1,000 in cash and a stolen handgun.