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AG: Man charged with selling fentanyl in Mass. that caused death in NH

October 10. 2017 12:34PM


CONCORD - A man already jailed in Massachusetts on drug charges was charged Tuesday in the fentanyl overdose death of a man in Rochester a year ago, the state attorney general's office announced.

Viterbo Enrique-Minaya, also known as Francisco Rodriguez-Benitez, 31, is charged with the sale or dispensing of a controlled drug with death resulting, according to a release.

Enrique-Minaya is accused of selling the fentanyl that caused the overdose death of Brandon Laurion, 30, in Rochester during the night of Oct. 30, 2016 into Oct. 31. According to the Attorney General's Office, it is the first time charges have been brought in New Hampshire against an individual who sold drugs in Massachusetts that caused a death in the Granite State.

Enrique-Minaya is currently serving time in Massachusetts on drug charges and will be turned over to New Hampshire authorities when he completes his sentence there, the release said.

According to the release, three other people already were charged in the case. Amber Nicholson, 34, was charged in December 2016 with selling or dispensing fentanyl that caused Laurion's death. She pleaded guilty Aug. 15. Robert Brochu, 33, was charged last December with selling or dispensing the drug that caused Laurion's death. His case is pending. Sarah Quint, 29, Laurion's girlfriend, was charged in January with conspiring with Nicholson and Brochu to obtain fentanyl and with concealing Laurion's phone during the investigation. She is scheduled for trial in January 2018.

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