Rochester Man Sentenced to Five Years for Darknet Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

Rochester Man Sentenced to Five Years for Darknet Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

Rochester Man Sentenced to Five Years for Darknet Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy

CONCORD – William McKay, 48, of Rochester, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and to distribute, methamphetamine, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, McKay conspired with James Nesbit and Haley Hansler to distribute crystal “ice” methamphetamine.  In 2018, McKay ordered three packages totaling approximately 742 grams of “ice” methamphetamine from vendors on the Dark Web that were intended for McKay’s personal use and for McKay, Nesbit and Hansler to distribute to drug customers in New Hampshire.

McKay previously pleaded guilty on October 23, 2020.  In April 2020, Hansler was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison. James Nesbit was sentenced in November 2020 to 120 months in federal prison.

Back in 2018, the state police conducted a vehicle stop of Nesbitt’s vehicle and seized fentanyl, methamphetamine and other drugs. Later that evening, the state police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents searched Nesbitt’s hotel room in North Conway and seized approximately 171 grams of methamphetamine, smaller quantities of fentanyl and other narcotics, and a semi-automatic handgun.

A criminal complaint written by DEA Special Agent John Daly says that on Nov. 3, 2018, a confidential source tipped off agents off to the drug. ring. The source said Nesbitt and McKay were expecting a package of crystal methamphetamine from California to be delivered to his home in Rochester by FedEx. The package holding reportedly 330.4 grams of 99 percent pure crystal meth was seized.

On Nov. 7, 2018, the source told the DEA that Nesbitt was getting another package of meth and had several fingers of fentanyl and that Nesbitt was heading to a North Conway hotel in his F-250 Ford pickup. 

In Wakefield, a state police surveillance team spotted Hansler driving the truck and Nesbitt in the passenger seat at about 2:40 p.m. McKay was driving his Jaguar sedan “in tandem” with Nesbitt and Hansler.

Daly noted that Hansler was driving “erratically.” Based on her driving and the intelligence reports, state police pulled the truck over on Route 16 just south of the Route 28 intersection. 

During the stop, police seized fentanyl, methamphetamine and other drugs, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Drugs were also seized from the Jaguar.

“Nesbitt subsequently yelled to Hansler, ‘Haley, I had crystal meth in my pocket, I’m going to jail,'” said Daly, quoting Nesbitt. 

Police also found $6,600 in cash during the stop. Nesbitt claimed he won the lottery, said Daley. Later on, Nesbitt admitted most of it came from drug dealing. He said he cleared $2,000 a week from drug deals. A court document says Nesbitt planned to divvy 6 ounces of meth between himself and McKay to sell.

During the stop, Nesbitt told the trooper there might be a gun in the truck. Hansler added the gun was hers and it might be back at the North Conway hotel.

Police checked the hotel room and found a handgun in her purse. They also found meth, cocaine and fentanyl in the room. 

During the search of the hotel room, DEA interviewed Nesbitt, who said McKay ordered the methamphetamine through the Dark Web and had it shipped  to Nesbitt’s residence. Nesbitt said he was angry at McKay for shipping the drugs to his house and in his (Nesbitt’s) name. So, he and Hansler took all 6 ounces to the North Conway hotel.

McKay also agreed to be interviewed by the DEA. “During the interview, McKay stated that Nesbitt and Hansler were staying in the hotel because they were ‘paranoid’,” having just received 6 ounces of meth, said Daly. “McKay was following Nesbitt back to North Conway to get his half of the package.”

Apparently Nesbitt and Hansler were free after the traffic stop.

On Dec.  20, 2018, DEA agents arrested Nesbitt and a co-conspirator (apparently Hansler)  at their Rochester residence and seized fentanyl and three handguns and a shotgun and assorted ammunition.

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