p>Federal agents say more than a dozen men are looking at drug charges, many of them from New Hampshire, for their alleged involvement in a drug smuggling ring operated out of Canada. According to news reports, law enforcement officials arrested several people during raids in Manchester conducted on Tuesday, June 24. While the office of a U.S. attorney has declined to pinpoint the exact number of arrests, one lawyer with the office suggested some men had not yet been picked up.
News reports say the ring has smuggled cocaine, marijuana and millions of dollars in drug through New Hampshire for a number of years. Court records indicate the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating the alleged drug operation in 2008 after Oklahoma troopers stopped a pickup truck, which held $2 million in hidden cash. This truck reportedly had New Hampshire license plates.
The affidavit claims a confidential source said that the ring sent about 4,000 to 7,000 pounds of illicit drugs to New Hampshire between 2008 and 2009. Federal agents reportedly believe one of the two men directing the shipments through New Hampshire is from Manchester. They say the Manchester man was housed with his Canadian counterpart while they were both incarcerated in 2005 at the Concord state prison.
Agents kept tabs on the Manchester man along with his alleged associates in the United States and Canada. By working with several state, local and federal agencies, the authorities say they have attributed the drug smuggling to at least 13 local men, all of whom were named in the affidavit.
The defendants named in this case are all in need of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The complications inherent in this type of long and far-reaching investigation could mean authorities made mistakes in the way they looked into the allegations. An experienced criminal defense attorney will review all of the evidence to look for errors that could lead to a dismissal or reduced drug charges.
Source: Concord Monitor, "Police: Several New Hampshire men linked to Canadian drug smuggling ring," June 27, 2014.