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16 Arrested in New Hampshire Drug Crackdown

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    16 Arrested in New Hampshire Drug Crackdown

    More than a dozen people were arrested as part of a drug crackdown in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday.

    Members of the Manchester Police Department's Special Enforcement Division and SWAT team executed a search warrant at 330 Lowell St. at 5:45 a.m. Thursday to kick off the second week of Operation Granite Hammer, aimed at locating and arresting those involved in the sales of illegal drugs. The multi-agency approach also included the New Hampshire State Police drug unit.

    Arrested at the Lowell Street location were:

    • Samantha McCarty, 26, of Manchester, on a sale of a controlled drug charge.
    • Patrick Heile, 27, of Manchester, on an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled drug.
    • Stephen Foden, 28, of Manchester, on an outstanding warrant for two counts of possession of a controlled drug.

    Multiple teams of detectives, federal agents and state police then drove throughout the city, arresting a dozen others:

    • Henry Prive, 39, of Manchester, on an outstanding warrant for a violating parole on a robbery charge. After the execution of an arrest warrant, he was also charged with two armed robberies at a local gas station in September.
    • Dawn Russo, 39, of Manchester, on an outstanding warrant for forgery and receiving stolen property.
    • Brian Strandberg, 30, of Manchester, on an outstanding warrant for sale of a controlled drug.
    • Ousman Trawalley, 24, of Alexandria, Virginia, on a possession of a controlled drug charge.
    • Michael Patterson, 63, of Rochester, on a possession of a controlled drug charge.
    • Richard Valentin, 40, of Manchester, on a possession of a controlled drug charge.
    • William Slocum, 29, of Manchester, on an outstanding warrant for another agency; charge not available.
    • Daniel Rogers, 29, of Manchester, on a resisting arrest charge.
    • Christopher King, 25, of Manchester, on an outstanding warrant for another agency; charge not available.
    • Nicholas Sullivan, 22, of Raymond, on an outstanding electronic bench warrant; charge not available.
    • Tiffany Copeland, 27, of Manchester, on a possession of a controlled drug charge.
    • Mark Demita, 47, of Manchester, on an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled drug.

    Police also seized a small amount of crack cocaine, heroin, 3/4 of a pound of marijuana, 14 ounces of hash oil, a long rifle, and more than $5,000 cash.

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