During the summer of 2021, the Lebanon Police Department, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, conducted an investigation into the trafficking of illegal drugs in Lebanon.
On August 6, 2021, as a result of the investigation, Mina Fleming, age 26, of Fairlee, VT was arrested for Possession and Sale of the Controlled Drug Heroin.
The Grafton County Attorney's Office announced in a statement yesterday that Fleming was sentenced last Friday to 5-15 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for the Sale of a Controlled Drug, Fentanyl, with Death Resulting. She was also sentenced to 7-14 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for multiple counts of possession and attempted sale of controlled drugs, including Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Fentanyl between July 23, 2021 and August 6, 2021. The sentence on those charges is suspended for 20 years and would be served consecutive to the stand committed sentence if imposed in the New Hampshire State Prison for the Sale of a Controlled Drug, Fentanyl, with Death Resulting.
The Death Resulting charge is from the Lebanon Police Department and New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force investigation into the death of Ephraim “James” Martin, age 46, of Lebanon, NH that occurred on August 6, 2021. An autopsy revealed that Martin died of acute fentanyl intoxication. The investigation revealed that Fleming sold Martin the fatal dose of fentanyl.
“Due to the actions of Ms. Fleming, Ephraim Martin died. But, because of the strong case the Lebanon Police Department built in their continued effort to maintain the safety of the community in and around Lebanon, this case has resolved,” stated County Attorney Hornick.
“Fatalities from overdoses have become unfortunately all too common. We owe it to our community members to remain vigilant against the availability of deadly drugs,” said Attorney Hornick. “While we certainly cannot incarcerate our way out of an opioid crisis, if we hold accountable those who prey on the addicted, we can hopefully start making progress in this fight.”
The Lebanon Police Department wants to remind anyone that is in need of assistance with substance abuse to please visit https://lebanonnh.gov/1547/Community-Health-Services for local services within the upper valley.
Authorized by: Chief Phillip J. Roberts Date: 12/14/21