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For Immediate Release
February 16, 2018
For more information contact:
Capt. John Encarnacao
(603)419-8292

Multi-Jurisdiction Granite Shield Operation Yields 151 Arrests And Hundreds Of Grams Of Narcotics

CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire State Police with state, local and federal law enforcement partners announced today the conclusion of Thursday's massive statewide Granite Shield operation resulting in the arrest of 151 suspects, and the seizure of more than 551 grams of heroin and fentanyl, about 18,000 doses with a street value of more than $22,000, 24 weapons, and $37,000 in cash.

"New Hampshire is safer today because of this months-long cooperative effort between state, local and federal partners," New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher Wagner said. "I want to thank everyone who participated in this massive effort and thank Governor Chris Sununu for providing the grant funds that make Granite Shield possible. I want anyone in New Hampshire who is engaging in the selling and trafficking of narcotics to know that you are not welcome in our State and you will be arrested."

The New Hampshire State Police is the grant administrator for the Granite Shield program and was the coordinating agency during this operation with State Police Captain John Encarnacao, the Commander of the Investigative Services Bureau, serving as the lead officer. State Police also provided support to participating agencies when assistance was requested.

"This collaborative operation was carried out through careful coordination between 88 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies," Encarnacao said. "The objective of the operation was to utilize all available state, local and federal resources to disrupt opioid and other drug trafficking activities in the State of New Hampshire."

Other supporting activities during this operation included, intelligence gathering by the Information and Analysis Center, intelligence-based interdiction by the Mobile Enforcement Team, the making of controlled purchases and provision of warrants by the Narcotics Investigations Unit, air support by the Special Enforcement Unit, and coordination through the State Emergency Operations Center and the State Joint Information Center by State Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Encarnacao said.

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