- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A man has been sentenced in New Hampshire to 15 to 30 years in prison for possessing a synthetic drug with the intent to distribute it.

The attorney general’s office says 25-year-old Preston Thorpe had at least 30 grams of the synthetic opioid known as U-47700.

Police said they found the drug in Thorpe’s apartment in Manchester in December 2016. He was convicted following a bench trial in August.

Thorpe was sentenced Wednesday; his attorney said he expects his client to appeal.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says like many synthetic opioids, the exact effects of U-47700 are little understood and a small amount could be fatal, especially if it’s laced with another drug.

Separately, Thorpe has been charged with possessing carfentanil, a powerful synthetic drug much more powerful then fentanyl.

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