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Woman is extradited to New Hampshire to face drug felonies

When an accused individual does not appear for a scheduled criminal court date in New Hampshire, he or she is considered a fugitive. Usually, a bench warrant or other court order is issued by the criminal court overseeing the prosecution, and law enforcement authorities will put the fugitive warrant and information into their system for tracking and finding fugitives. When the alleged offenses are for felonies, the matter is given more serious attention, and the hunt for the accused may take place on a nationwide level.

A fugitive wanted here on felony drug charges was recently found in another state and extradited back to Hillsborough County where she is being held pending a court appearance. The defendant is charged with selling a fatal dose of fentanyl, a highly potent pain killer, to an individual who allegedly died as a result. She had been arrested in August 2016 for dispensing a controlled drug with death resulting and other felony drug charges relating to the possession and sale of the fentanyl.

The 30-year-old defendant was arrested pursuant to a cooperative effort involving the U.S. Marshals Service and the Nye County, Nevada Sheriff's Office. The woman, who resides in Manchester, was returned here a few days after her apprehension. The rapid processing and return of the suspect indicates that she waived extradition proceedings in Nevada.  

The main charge in the felonies filed by the New Hampshire authorities is the sale of a controlled substance with death resulting. The nationwide trend in the past few years has been to escalate the filing of homicide-related charges against drug dealers when the customer dies shortly after taking the drug sold. This is not an easy prosecution, and the defendant can generally defend aggressively in these cases. The government may find it difficult to prove causation where the connection between the defendant's actions and the death are not close in time. Not only must the sale itself be proved, but the government must then go on to prove, through medical evidence, that the decedent died from the precise substance that the defendant sold.

Source: nh1.com, "Police: NH drug dealer who sold fatal dose of fentanyl arrested in Nevada", Jan. 12, 2017

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