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Belmont man sentenced on firearms, drug charges

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

January 16. 2018 11:43PM




MANCHESTER — A Belmont man was sentenced this week to more than three years in federal prison for firearms and fentanyl possession.

Paul Channel, 27, of Belmont, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to 41 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a controlled substance — fentanyl, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced in a news release.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 25, 2017, after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen, a Manchester police officer stopped Channel while he was driving a vehicle along Elm Street. According to court documents the officer conducted a “pat-frisk” of Channel and located three syringes and a clear plastic baggie containing a controlled substance that later tested positive for fentanyl. According to police, Channel did not have a prescription for the fentanyl.

Manchester police also located a firearm with an obliterated serial number in Channel’s vehicle. Channel is prohibited from possessing a firearm because he is a convicted felon.

Channel previously pleaded guilty on Oct. 2. In addition to the 41-month prison sentence, Channel was ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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