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Two drug busts in Berlin


February 03, 2010
BERLIN — Two local men were arrested on drug charges as a result of a two-month joint investigation by the NH Attorney Generals Task Force, Berlin Police, NH State Police and NH Probation Parole Department. The arrests were made as part of an on-going effort to curb the illegal sale and use of controlled drugs in the Berlin area, according to a press release issued by the Berlin Police.

Ryan Letarte, 28, of Goebel Street was arrested on Jan. 25, and charged with two felony counts of sale of a controlled drug for allegedly selling prescription drugs. Lt. Dan Buteau said, Mr. Letarte was one suspect in the ongoing investigation into the sale and abuse of prescription medication in Berlin. He is now being held on $50,000 cash bail at the NH State Prison.

Also arrested was Elvis Houle, 38, of Hillsboro Street. Mr. Houle was arrested on Jan. 28 after Berlin Police and the Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 400 Hillsboro Street. He was charged with the felony of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute after a "significant amount" of cocaine, marijuana, US currency and drug paraphernalia was seized.

Mr. Houle was released on $15,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Berlin District Court on April 14.

Berlin police said in their press release that more arrests are expected in the coming months as their investigations into drug activity continue.

"Illegal drug abuse is a serious concern in the Berlin area. Prescription drug offenses and cocaine distribution have been targeted as the highest level of concern," said the department in their advisory to the press. Anyone having information in reference to the illegal drug problem in the area can contact the Berlin Police Department at 752-3131.

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