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For Immediate Release
September 8, 2016
For more information contact:
Trooper James O'Leary
(603) 223-8778

Man Arrested in Hooksett for Presenting a False Driver's License

Eli Jarib Zacarias-Paniagua booking photo

On September 8, 2016, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Trooper James O'Leary of the New Hampshire State Police – Troop G was conducting Commercial Motor Vehicle inspections at the Hooksett south bound rest area on Interstate 93, when a driver presented him with a driver's license purporting to have been issued by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The License identified the Driver as Laureano Soto Aviles, age 32, of Cranston, Rhode Island.

After receiving the driver's license Trooper O'Leary quickly concluded the license was fraudulent. Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement responded and determined the driver's true identity was actually Eli Jarib Zacarias-Paniagua, age 31, of the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Zacarias-Paniagua was taken into custody without incident. He refused bail and is currently being held on $20,000.00 cash bail, at the Merrimack County House of Corrections, pending a Bail Hearing, scheduled for September 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the 6th Circuit Court – District Division – Hooksett. Mr. Zacarias-Paniagua is charged with Prohibitions of a Driver's License RSA 263:12 and Disobeying a Police Officer RSA265:4.

If anyone has information regarding Mr. Zacarias-Paniagua they are encouraged to contact Trooper James O'Leary at (603) 223-8778 or at

The New Hampshire State Police – Troop G was assisted by members of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles.

Attached is a booking photo of Mr. Zacarias-Paniagua.

No further information is available at this time.

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