OSSIPEE — An Ossipee man was sentenced June 6 in Carroll County Superior Court on multiple felony drug charges, including selling fentanyl that resulted in the death of Carmela Porter of Ossipee on Nov. 20, 2017, Carroll County Attorney Michaela Andruzzi and Ossipee Police Chief Joseph Duchesne announced Wednesday.

Dana Collins, 37, of Ossipee was convicted of these offenses based upon a fully negotiated plea.

For selling the fentanyl to Porter that resulted in her death, the court sentenced  Collins to serve 7-14 years in the New Hampshire State Prison. An additional year, concurrent, was imposed for breach of bail conditions. Collins was also sentenced to a suspended, consecutive term of 6-12 years for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and concurrent suspended 2-4 years for being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon, 12 months for receiving stolen property and 12 months for being a habitual offender. The suspended terms will run for 10 years upon his initial release on parole.

On Nov. 20, 2017, Ossipee police officers responded to a residence upon a call of an unresponsive female. It was determined that Porter was dead, and the police investigation revealed that Collins sold the controlled drug that resulted in her death.

Subsequent investigations resulted in numerous charges against Collins.

In November of 2017, the Sun received an obituary for a Melina Porter who died Nov. 20 of that year at 28 years old.

The Carroll County Attorney’s Office and the Ossipee Police Department released a statement saying they remain committed to investigating and prosecuting those who distribute controlled substances. Carroll County has been hard hit with deaths resulting from the use of fentanyl.

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