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Drug charges follows discovery of illegal apartment in warehouse

New Hampshire police recently received a report of a couple of women who were allegedly sleeping in a warehouse. When officers arrived at the building to investigate the allegations, they stumbled upon an illegally maintained apartment in the warehouse. While in the apartment, officers noticed some packaging materials and a plastic bag that appeared to contain methamphetamine -- leading to drug charges.

Officers said a man rented the space from the property owner. However, authorities said the apartment did not comply with the New Hampshire Life Safety Code, and it was declared an illegal setup. A search of the warehouse followed, yielding firearms, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials and documented records of drug dealings.

They arrested a 53-year-old man and charged him with possession and intent to distribute controlled substances. Resisting detention or arrest was added to the charges. While awaiting a court appearance, law enforcement detained him on $5,000 bail. After arresting the man, officers served a notice concerning the apartment on the owners of the property who are reportedly cooperating with authorities.

Both the tenant of the illegal apartment and the warehouse owners will likely be considering their options related to pending drug charges. Consulting with experienced New Hampshire criminal defense attorney may serve them well. During such a consultation, a lawyer can assess the charges and the methods used by law enforcement during the search and arrest. They will devise a defense strategy, pursuing the possible outcome. The burden of proof will be on the prosecution, and only if -- and when -- guilt is proved without a reasonable doubt can convictions take place.

Source: unionleader.com, "Police: Officer looking for sleeping women finds illegal apartment, drugs in Sanbornton", Jan. 4, 2017

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