CONCORD — A Derry man will spend years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of fentanyl and methamphetamine with intent to distribute. 

Acting United State Attorney John Farley announced in a statement that Michael Lynch, 30, was recently sentenced to nearly five and a half years.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 2, 2020, a Derry police officer responded to an apartment complex for a report of a fight in progress.

Lynch was seen driving away from the area at a high rate of speed. The officer reported knowing that Lynch had a suspended driver’s license.

Further investigation found that Lynch had assaulted an individual at the apartment complex. He was later arrested for domestic violence assault and operating under suspension.

A search of his vehicle yielded over 118 grams of fentanyl, 18 grams of methamphetamine, a telephone, and $3,143 in cash, police said. A search of Lynch’s phone disclosed numerous messages consistent with drug distribution.

Lynch pleaded guilty to the allegations on May 24.

"Fentanyl and methamphetamine are very dangerous drugs that have caused grave damage to communities throughout New Hampshire,” Farley said. “In order to protect the citizens of the Granite State, we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute the drug dealers who seek to profit from distributing these deadly substances. As this case demonstrates, those who sell drugs in New Hampshire will be caught and will face significant consequences for their unlawful actions.”

The Derry Police Department investigated. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim Barth.

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