WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Claremont man who was picked up on an arrest warrant earlier this month in Vermont has resolved his fentanyl trafficking case with a plea deal and is now on his way back to New Hampshire to face an outstanding felony charge in Sullivan County.
Stephen Hill, 41, recently pled guilty to an amended felony count of heroin possession in Windsor County, Vermont and was given a 6-month-to-2-year sentence with all but 12 days of that time suspended.
Having now completed those 12 days, Hill was brought back to the courthouse in White River Junction on Wednesday afternoon where he agreed to waive extradition back to Sullivan County.
“I just want to get all this over with,” Hill told a sympathetic Judge Timothy Tomasi.
Hill’s problems in New Hampshire began on December 13th when police in Claremont charged him with a felony count of falsifying physical evidence but the fugitive petition was filed against him after he missed a court date in the case in January.
Hill’s arrest in December occurred while Claremont Police were raiding an apartment on Mulberry Street in order to apprehend a woman who was wanted by authorities in Littleton.
Police said they came across several other people and evidence of drug use in plain sight throughout the apartment, including a bong on a table and needles on a shelf in a common area.
Officers escorted several occupants outside but when they tried to re-enter the house themselves they discovered someone had locked them out, Claremont Patrolman Joshua Peavey wrote in an affidavit filed with the court.
Peavey said police quickly determined that Hill was still inside the apartment and, fearing that he might be busy destroying drugs and other evidence, they kicked in the door.
Once back inside, police said they quickly located Hill and took him into custody and also noted that the bong and the needles they had spotted earlier were gone. Police said the missing items were later found in a storage area inside the apartment.
Hill faces a potential penalty of between 3-and-a-half-and-7-years in a New Hampshire jail, if he were to be convicted of the felony falsification charge now pending against him.
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