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News Release

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2009

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane E. Young
(603) 545-9282
Assistant Attorney General Karin M. Eckel
(603) 271-3671

Drug Trafficking Arrests

On October 21, 2009, members of the Manchester Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Corrections Office of Probation and Parole, and the New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force executed search warrants on the Manchester residences of several alleged members of a New England based cocaine trafficking organization. Seven warrants were executed at the following residences: 468 Merrimack Street, 470 Merrimack Street, 471 Belmont Street, 36 Essex Street, and 205 Wilson Street.

During the searches, the police seized 5 guns, approximately one ounce of marijuana, approximately one pound of cocaine, approximately $60,000, a kilo press, and cocaine packaging materials.

The police arrested Celestino Nieves Vazquez, 35, Wilfredo Pagan, 35, Randal Knee, 55, Cassandra Hernandez, 27, Jose Corchado Hernandez, 33, and Eliezer Calo, 46.

These searches and arrests are the culmination of an extensive investigation that began in the Spring of 2008. In addition to the above listed agencies, the United States Attorney's Office and the Nashua Police Department also provided assistance to this investigation. While the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are likely, yesterday's arrests and seizures significantly dismantled this operation which supplied cocaine into the streets of Manchester and Nashua. Attorney General Michael Delaney stated that, "It is only through the concerted efforts of the law enforcement community that drug traffickers can be ferreted out and their illegal organizations dismantled."

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