4 NH locations subject of Homeland Security probeBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
November 07. 2017 5:37PM
Investigators from several law enforcement agencies descended on locations in Exeter, Londonderry, Plaistow and Salem Tuesday as part of a criminal probe by the federal Department of Homeland Security.
Few details were released Tuesday afternoon, but Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) spokesman Shawn Neudauer confirmed that local police were conducting a "law enforcement operation" along with other federal law enforcement agencies.
He said the operation involved an ongoing criminal investigation, but that there was no threat to the public.
Neudauer declined to offer details on the nature of the investigation or the exact locations authorities were investigating.
HSI investigates a wide range of cross-border criminal activity, including human smuggling and trafficking, cyber crimes, commercial fraud, money laundering, narcotics and weapons smuggling, transnational gang activity and immigration fraud.
Local police referred all questions to officials from HSI.
In Plaistow, two locations were under investigation.
One of the sites appeared to be a house on Main Street near Haseltine Street where a New Hampshire State Police K-9 cruiser and other unmarked law enforcement vehicles were parked in the driveway.
The curtains were pulled closed on all of the windows, but the lights were on inside; agents could be seen entering and exiting.
One neighbor said he saw about five or six vehicles arrive around 4 p.m. and pull around to the back of the home.
The neighbor said he didn't know any of the details of the investigation, but didn't appear to be surprised by the police presence.
He said he doesn't believe anyone lives at the home, but he added that he often sees vehicles coming and going from the property and has seen various men and women entering and exiting the home.
Agents were also seen investigating at a location on Portsmouth Avenue in Exeter near Walgreens.
In Londonderry, police detective Chris Olson declined to comment on the location under investigation, saying only that it was a multi-jurisdictional investigation.