By DJ Harding –
Bradford Sargent, 41, of Hampton, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Sargent and his co-defendant Jennelle Brown sold drugs multiple times from their hotel room in Portsmouth.
Law enforcement then searched their room and uncovered large quantities of money, drugs, and drug ledgers. A search of two vehicles the defendants used in their drug operations revealed more money and drugs.
Officers also searched storage units and safety deposit boxes the defendants controlled and discovered additional money and drugs.
In total, law enforcement seized over $130,000, 1.3 kilograms of fentanyl, almost 650 grams of methamphetamine, and smaller amounts of cocaine.
Sargent is scheduled to be sentenced on July 6, 2023. Brown previously pleaded guilty on January 18, 2023, and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27, 2023.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Strafford County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander S. Chen and Jarad Hodes.