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Jan 22, 2016 11:10 AM

Manchester PD's Granite Hammer nets 5 arrests, seizure of drugs; Geraldo Rivera rides along


MANCHESTER - Operation Granite Hammer struck again, this time leading to the arrest of five people police say were involved in distributing drugs in Manchester.

Three people were arrested from Manchester, and two more arrests were made in Hooksett. All the arrests were made on Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Overall, 7.5 grams of methamphetamine ($1,500 street value), 15 grams of marijuana ($300 street value) and .5 grams of crack-cocaine ($40 street value) were seized during the operation.

The Hooksett Arrests

A SWAT team and investigators executed a search warrant at 5 Skyline Drive in Hooksett at about 12:30 a.m. The investigation target crystal methamphetamine distribution in Manchester.

Travis Leavitt, 28 of 5 Skyline Drive, and Desiree Badaoui, 26 of Tyngsboro, Mass., were arrested.

Police said Leavitt was in possession of 3.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine and Badaoui was in possession of 2 grams of meth. Detectives said they also found 2 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 15 grams of marijuana inside of the home.

Both were charged with possession of a controlled drug and were scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

The Manchester Arrests

Senesie Bai, 33 of Manchester was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug (.5 grams crack-cocaine) at approximately 6:10 p.m. He was expected to appear in court on Friday.

James Hedberg, 44 of Manchester, was arrested after a motor vehicle search at 7:05 p.m. Hedberg had an active Habitual Offender warrant, so he was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. He was released on $100 cash bail and is scheduled to appear court on March 14.

David Azzo, 24 of Manchester, was wanted on an active warrant and he turned himself into police headquarters at about 8 p.m. He was taken into custody on the sale of controlled drug warrant. He was expected to appear in court on Friday.

The Manchester police said multiple members of the New Hampshire State Police Narcotics Investigative Unit and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration were instrumental in the success of this initiative.

The operation also had a special guest ride along.

That's Geraldo Rivera, who asked to see the N.H. drug epidemic up close.


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