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News Release

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2010

Karin Eckel, Assistant Attorney General
(603) 271-3671

Dispensing A Controlled Drug With Death Resulting

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney reports today that Benjamin Stanek, 30 years old, of 180 Woodbury Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, pled guilty in Hillsborough County Superior Court North to one count of dispensing a controlled drug with death resulting, and one count of sale of a controlled drug. Stanek was sentenced to 10-30 years in the New Hampshire State Prison, with 2½ years of the minimum sentence suspended, for dispensing the controlled drug heroin to Russell Medor, resulting in his death, in May of 2009. He was also sentenced to a suspended term of 3½–7 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for sale of the controlled drug heroin.

On May 19, 2009, the Manchester Police Department was dispatched to 180 Woodbury Street in Manchester for a report of three unconscious males inside an apartment. When paramedics arrived, they found Russell Medor, 29, of Manchester. He had no vital signs. Paramedics attempted to revive Medor, who was taken by ambulance to Catholic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Stanek was indicted by a Grand Jury in July of 2009 following a criminal investigation into the facts and circumstances of Medor's death. The investigation revealed that on May 19, 2009, Stanek purchased heroin, which he dispensed to other persons, including Medor.

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney stated that, "This case demonstrates that the illegal use and distribution of drugs all too often have fatal consequences." Attorney General Delaney continues to use the resources of his office to combat the use and proliferation of dangerous drugs like heroin because of the devastating effect these drugs have on our citizens.

This case was investigated by the Manchester Police Department.

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