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Drug charges re heroin filed against police chief's daughter

The opioid epidemic has been uniformly destructive throughout the states, including in New Hampshire. It afflicts its victims indiscriminately, striking at all strata of society. Sometimes, people in law enforcement also suffer personal loss and trauma from the epidemic. For example, authorities recently arrested the daughter of the Berlin Police Chief on drug charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

ACLU defends 18 on drug charges in arrests near border

In federal and state constitutional law, it is well established that states have their own constitutions that may give individuals stronger civil rights protections than the federal constitution. Last summer, federal Customs and Border Protection agents arrested 18 people on drug charges at two New Hampshire checkpoints on Interstate 93 near the border. The checkpoints were established under federal law to identify people living in this country illegally.

Federal drug charges lead to guilty plea and sentencing

Federal and state authorities in New Hampshire are focused on the opiate problem that is now recognized as a national health crisis. Opioids are a dangerous group of highly addictive drugs that include the pain killer fentanyl, which has proved to be particularly deadly. A United States District Court judge recently sentenced a 41-year-old man to drug charges relating to the intention to sell fentanyl in the state.

Drug charges may create a spiral of punishment leading nowhere

When the police in New Hampshire arrest a suspect with an existing record of many past drug offenses, they generally process the individual through the criminal system as a matter of course. The individual is generally prosecuted as a criminal on the drug charges and is given an escalating series of punishment as each successive arrest occurs. This usually includes a longer sentence and imprisonment in a higher security state institution, i.e., a repository for hardened criminals.

Drug charges increased against alleged seller of fentanyl

In New Hampshire it is a felony to sell a controlled drug that results in death. With the widespread advent of the super-killer drug, fentanyl, in the past few years, drug charges pursuant to that felony provision have become rather prominent. Such a criminal law straddles the divide between allegations of selling drugs and those alleging the commission of homicide, making such a prosecution a relatively recent innovation both here and nationwide.

Alleged drug charges must be preceded by a valid stop and frisk

New Hampshire authorities take abuse of prescription medication seriously. That was proved true just recently in the arrest by Manchester police of a 23-year-old woman on drug charges relating to three loose gabapentin prescription pills found inside one of her pockets. According to a spokesperson for the police, an officer stopped to talk with a woman who was walking in the middle of Merrimack Street at about 2:45 p.m.

Drug charges sought against dealer of fentanyl to overdose victim

The New Hampshire Attorney General is seeking a conviction against a purported drug dealer in a fentanyl overdose case that involves an out-of-state dealer and an out-of-state drug transaction. Three others have been charged in the 30-year-old male decedent's overdose death for their alleged roles in obtaining and providing the drug to the victim in this state. The Attorney General states that this is the first pursuit of an out-of-state resident for the drug charges called "drug distribution, death resulting."

Man visiting Pelham homes hit with drug charges re heroin sales

The police in New Hampshire and elsewhere must be meticulous in presenting a logical and convincing flow of evidence in support of a drug arrest. In addition, they must survive any potential challenges to the constitutionality of their practices and procedures during the investigation and arrest process. Defending against drug charges is equally difficult for the accused due to the superior resources usually possessed by the authorities in the typical prosecution.

Tips lead to drug charges for New Hampshire man

Tips and call-ins from neighbors are said to have contributed to the case against one man recently. The New Hampshire man is now facing drug charges after an investigation by local police. Apparently, reports from neighbors and information from his landlord and parole officer also played a role in his arrest. 

Police arrest car occupants for "loitering" and drug charges

Is the mere presence of a vehicle in a parking lot adjoining a public building at 2:55 a.m. enough to give the police reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot and therefore make a stop of the vehicle? The answer will in the end likely depend on all of the details and circumstances surrounding the stop. These issues are certain to come up regarding the recent arrest of four persons for loitering and drug charges under similar circumstances in a New Hampshire town.

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