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Police search location, arrest 1 male on drug charges

When police execute a search warrant for suspicion of drugs in New Hampshire, there is a pre-search procedure that is used. There will be an affidavit of probable cause, usually signed by the investigating officer. These few initial papers may tell defense counsel a lot of information about the strength or weakness of the drug charges put forth by the government.

There are details about what facts the government relied on in going for the search warrant. This is an accumulation of factors that will be listed that the officer wants to show establish probable cause to search a person's home, business or whatever the case may be. These are the details that the government relied on to conclude that there was probable cause to ask for the warrant.

The allegations must be stated with specificity and, where there is an informant, there must be a recitation of details itemizing the officer's knowledge of and prior dealings with the informant. Counsel for the defendant will always examine these probable cause papers to determine whether there is a legal defect that will require dismissal of the charges or suppression of the evidence. These factors will likely come into play with respect to the arrest of three persons by the Manchester police on drug violation charges, including possession with intent to deliver heroin and crack cocaine.

The authorities say that they recovered $800 worth of crack cocaine, $2,800 worth of heroin and a small amount of marijuana. They also report to have seized over $20,000 in cash. Although police did arrest a 46-year-old man on the New Hampshire drug charges, they appear to have arrested a 42-year-old male and a 27-year-old female on resisting arrest charges only. If that is a correct report, it indicates that the older man was the actual resident of the premises and was in control of the alleged contraband.

Source: unionleader.com, "Police arrest three in Manchester on drug charges", Dec. 15, 2016

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