Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
New Hampshire Man Sentenced for Drug and Firearm Offenses
BOSTON – A New Hampshire man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for drug and firearm offenses.
Brandon Ortiz, 25, of Manchester, N.H., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. On March 8, 2022, Ortiz pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm after being convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
On June 6, 2019, police in the City of Lawrence responded to a 911 call about a motor vehicle incident involving a firearm. During the investigation, officers seized fentanyl, cocaine, a loaded semi-automatic pistol and ammunition from Ortiz. Ortiz is prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition due to a prior 2018 domestic violence conviction.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett; and Lawrence Police Chief Roy P. Vasque made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of Rollins’ Organized Crime & Gang Unit is prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.