By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Winter Street man has been charged with sales of suboxone by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force after an investigation into illegal sales activity in the Belmont and Laconia area.
Joshua A. McNeil, 34, of 18 Winter St. allegedly sold suboxone, a drug used to treat people with opioid addiction, to a “cooperating individual” working with the task force, according to affidavits obtained Tuesday from the Belknap County Superior Court.
Affidavits said police arranged for a “one-party interception” or permission from the informant to record his or her phones calls regarding McNeil, which was granted on Sept. 6, 2016, by Belknap County Assistant Attorney R.J. Meurin.
McNeil allegedly sent a text message to the informant that 20 pills were needed and police told the informant to meet him at the Belknap Mall, where McNeil allegedly sold him 14 pills with money provided by the police.
Police observed the transaction and were able to identify McNeil through a mug shot obtained from the Concord Police Department.
A second similar deal was arranged between the two on Sept. 26, 2016, where McNeil said he was waiting for the informant behind the former school building near Sacred Heart Church off Union Avenue.
Two days later, a third transaction was arranged between the informant and McNeil near the same place. The informant was told to go over to McNeil’s girlfriend’s house on Winter Street and police observed the informant go on to the porch at 18 Winter St. Affidavits said that 18 Winter St. and the place of the second transaction were both within a drug-free school zone for the Laconia High School.
A warrant for his arrest was issued on Oct. 31, 2016, and McNeil was arrested Jan. 14 by Gilford Police during a routine traffic stop and held over the weekend in the Belknap County House of Corrections.
He appeared in the Belknap County Superior Court on Tuesday and was ordered held on $1,500 cash or corporate surety.
According a spokesman at the state Department of Corrections, McNeil was convicted of armed robbery in Belknap County on July 22, 2014, and was paroled on March 22, 2015. His parole ended on Aug. 31, 2018.
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