By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
ASHLAND — An Ashland man has been arrested on a felony drug possession charge involving heroin and fentanyl.
Adam Macallister, 32, was arraigned Thursday in Belknap County Superior Court. Bail was set at $20,000.
Court documents indicate he was arrested on Wednesday while leaving a residence on Main Street in Ashland.
On March 4, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop on Interstate 93 in New Hampton, but was released.
Officers later obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found a substance thought to be heroin and fentanyl. Also found were a plastic bag containing white powder, a needle, a spoon, two short straws, a digital scale and two stolen license plates.
The case is being prosecuted by the New Hampshire attorney general's office. He is being represented by the state public defender's office. Assistant Attorney General Jane Young declined to comment on the case. Representatives of the public defender's office said Friday they were not familiar with the case.
Fentanyl has become a deadly problem in the state, accounting for most of the 500 drug overdose fatalities last year.
Also, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Tuesday that a related, but even more powerful drug, carfentanil has been discovered in the state and was implicated in the overdose death of a Meredith man and two other fatal overdoses in Manchester. The drug was created to tranquilize large animals.
The man who died in Meredith was identified by state police and the state medical examiner's office as Richard Normandin, 48. His body was found March 13 in his home.
Meredith police referred questions to the Attorney General's office, which declined to comment as an active investigation continues.
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