Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Conspiracy to Unlawfully Possess Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute
CONCORD, NH—Roberto Gracia, 41, of Manchester, pled guilty in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to unlawfully possess cocaine with the intent to distribute, announced Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith.
Between May 5, 2014 and June 11, 2014, the FBI’s Safe Streets Gang Task Force, utilizing a cooperating source, made a series of six heroin purchases from the defendant or a co-conspirator at Gracia’s former residence located at 173 Belmont Street, Manchester. The total amount of heroin sold was in excess of 100 grams.
Gracia also pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. During the investigation, Gracia conspired with another individual to purchase approximately ten kilograms of cocaine for $37,000 per kilogram from undercover FBI agents who posed as large scale cocaine traffickers from Miami, Florida. Gracia was arrested in Manchester on July 2, 2014 after he and his co-conspirator met with the undercover agents in a hotel parking lot in Manchester to take possession of the cocaine from the rear of an undercover FBI vehicle. Subsequently, approximately $115,000 in cash was located in a vehicle utilized by Gracia and his co-conspirator during the transaction.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for September 29, 2015. Gracia faces a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison on the heroin conspiracy and a maximum sentence of life in prison on the cocaine conspiracy.
The FBI’s New Hampshire Safe Streets Gangs Task Force is comprised of members of the FBI, Manchester Police Department, Hudson Police Department, Nashua Police Department, New Hampshire State Police, and the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Probation and Parole. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis is prosecuting this case.