Hells Angels Member Sentenced in Manchester Meth Trafficking Case

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A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club​ was sentenced today in federal court for dealing meth in Manchester and Merrimack.

CONCORD, N.H. - A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was sentenced today in federal court for dealing meth in Manchester and Merrimack.

According to a release from United States Attorney Scott W. Murray, James Cunningham, 61, of Laconia, was sentenced to serve 39 months in prison for methamphetamine trafficking in a federal court.

According to court documents, Cunningham, who is a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, sold quantities of methamphetamine on four separate occasions in 2013 to an individual who was cooperating with the FBI. Three of the drug transactions took place in Manchester and one occurred in Merrimack.

Cunningham, who pleaded guilty on January 25, 2018, will be on supervised release for three years following his release from prison. He also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

"Today, Mr. Cunningham, a member of the notorious Hells Angel biker gang, will begin paying the price for the irreparable harm that his drug trafficking caused within our communities," said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Boston Division. "The FBI NH Safe Streets Gang Task Force will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to do everything we can to rid our neighborhoods of illegal narcotics and the violence that comes along with it."

The case was investigated by the FBI New Hampshire Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which is comprised of the FBI, the New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Probation and Parole, and the Police Departments of Hudson, Manchester, and Nashua. Assistance was provided by the Laconia Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane Kelbley.

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