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For Immediate Release

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June 18, 2014 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jamie Berry
District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
Fugitive Task Force Arrests 23 in Heroin and Opiate Sweep

NHFTF LogoConcord, NH — The U.S. Marshals-NH Joint Fugitive Task Force initiated an operation targeting heroin and opiate dealers and users in New Hampshire for a two-week period in May resulting in the arrests of 23 fugitives.

The warrant sweep, which was dubbed “Operation Dragon Slayer” and headed up by the U.S. Marshals Service in conjunction with Belknap, Hillsborough, and Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, took place between May 5th and May 23rd, and targeted 40 wanted felons with a history of heroin and opiate sales or use. The focus of the sweep was to locate and find heroin and opiate dealers and users who may pose a risk to New Hampshire communities by committing further crimes to feed their habits or deter the sales of heroin. More arrests are expected within the next few weeks.

U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr., said, “Operation Dragon Slayer was a great success and the United States Marshals Service is committed to assisting state, county and local law enforcement in rounding up those involved in this addictive drug problem.” Cargill added, “I would like to thank the citizens of New Hampshire for their continued support in assisting the task force with tips and leads. We will continue to locate and arrest all of those involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs in our communities.”

During this time period a team of 8 deputy U.S. Marshals and Sheriff’s deputies worked days and evenings covering several New Hampshire communities. Those arrested during this effort:

  • Matthew Stark 25, of Laconia
  • Stephen Brue 30, of Laconia
  • Eric Lewis 26, of Gilford
  • Alex Nieves 35, of Franklin
  • Jacqualyn Oliver 26, of Laconia
  • Nicholas Cloutier 25, of Manchester
  • Allen Irwin 26, of Manchester
  • Brendan Francis 23, of Manchester
  • Anna Bourque 26, of Manchester
  • Adam Jenna 34, of Franklin
  • Gina Mackie 39, of Sandown
  • David Major 44, of Derry
  • Amanda Lee 21, of Hampstead
  • Pauline Gaffney 24, of Derry
  • Justin Knowles 35, of Hampton
  • Adam Stevens 31, of Nottingham
  • James Fernekees 48, of Salem
  • Ryan Leclair 29, of Hampton
  • Mark Schwarz 40, of Hampton
  • Matthew Shea 33, of Somersworth
  • Karen Boyland 55, of Sunapee
  • Justin Cassidy 23, of Henniker
  • Taylor Bacon 18, of Hillsborough

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,523 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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