Five busted in drug sweep down Sullivan Street in Claremont
'Targeted Patrols' intended to harass drug sellers and buyers
CLAREMONT, NH - Employing a "targeted patrol" tactic intended to break up pockets of drug sales activities in neighborhoods several detectives, officers, and state troopers concentrated their efforts on Sullivan Street Friday evening and arrested five people, Claremont Police announced Tuesday.
"This targeted patrol was in response to complaints from neighbors and landlords in the area complaining of suspicious activity and suspected drug sales," Claremont Police noted.
Neville Walker, 26, of Lempster, New Hampshire is charged with shoplifting in Newport
One of those arrested, Neville Walker, 26 of Lempster, who was picked up because he had an outstanding warrant charging him with shoplifting, was quickly released on personal recognizance pending a future court date in Newport District Court. The other four suspects were brought into court in Claremont on Tuesday.
Justin Ouellette, 36, of Claremont was charged with possession of crack cocaine
Chris Anderson, 45, of Sunapee was charged with driving despite a suspended license
Claremont Police said that as a direct result of the arrests of Walker, Ouellette, and Anderson detectives developed probable cause to apply for a search warrant for an apartment at 72 Sullivan Street. The execution of that warrant led to two further arrests along with the seizure of drugs, cash, and ledgers that appeared to detail drug transactions.
Megan Horsfield, 27, of Claremont was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute controlled drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.
Nathaniel Plaisted, 31, of Newport was charged with possession of crack cocaine, falsifying physical evidence, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Claremont Police Chief Alexander Scott wrote in a press release announcing the arrests the combined effort by Claremont Police detectives, Newport Police officers, New Hampshire State Police troopers and agents from the New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force "will continue to concentrate our efforts, supported by other law enforcement agencies, on areas that need our attention," in order to reduce drug activity and make individual neighborhoods safer.
Chief Scott urged anyone who wants to report possible criminal activity to contact the department's anonymous tip line at (603) 542-7026 extension 1234.
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