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Police call drug charges against 2 part of Granite Hammer push

New Hampshire has partnered with the FBI to target persons involved in drug trafficking. The familiar name for the enterprise is called the Granite Hammer program. There have been numerous reports of so-called Granite Hammer drug sweeps taking place in the state under the program, which have resulted in a large number of drug charges filed across the state since the program's inception.

The Nashua police recently announced the arrest of two alleged drug dealers under a "Granite Hammer" drug sweep. They arrested a 54-year-old woman from Nashua for allegedly selling crack cocaine. They also arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly selling heroin in a school zone.

The use of the well-known promotional slogan for these two arrests seems to be a bit of an exaggeration by the authorities. At this point, it appears that these were two distinct, unrelated arrests. Nothing in the sparse press reports indicates any conspiracies, drug distribution networks, large volumes of drugs, nor any other irregularities that would make the cases stand out. The last thing that the two arrests would seem to be is what the police are describing as a drug sweep.

Generally, a drug sweep connotes the simultaneous dragnet of law enforcement authorities into the local community to make drug arrests on a mass basis. This is done generally to show a unified, enhanced and focused effort by state and federal authorities to "clean up" the reported pervasive drug traffic in the state. It appears that the two above arrests on drug charges do not fit the selected nomenclature of being a Granite Hammer drug sweep.

Nonetheless, each accused person faces serious felony drug charges pursuant to New Hampshire law, which upon conviction, may be followed by devastating prison sentences. Each are likely working with criminal defense counsel prior to the initial court appearance.  There is no substitute for being fully represented by knowledgeable counsel through all of the stages of the prosecutorial process.

Source: Nashua, NH Patch, "Nashua Drug Sweep: 2 Arrested In 'Granite Hammer'", Jason Claffey, May 18, 2017

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