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Merrimack man accused of selling $1,800 worth of heroin to undercover police

Union Leader Correspondent

January 28. 2014 5:57PM

MERRIMACK — A local man will be back in court next week on charges that he allegedly sold $1,800 worth of heroin to undercover police.

According to court documents, Denard Debruhl, 34, of 908 Columbia Circle, allegedly sold $600 worth of heroin on three separate occasions to either Merrimack police or members of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force.

Following the drug deals, which took place on Jan. 21-23 at the local industrial park where Debruhl was residing, an arrest warrant was issued.

Debruhl was charged with three counts of the unlawful sale of heroin and one charge of possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to distribute, said police.

According to court records, police seized more than $12,000 worth of narcotics from Debruhl's residence, or about 150 grams of heroin.

"For us, this was significant. It is a substantial amount of heroin," said Lt. Denise Roy of the Merrimack Police Department, describing Debruhl as a mid-level drug dealer. "I haven't seen this large amount of heroin in a long time."

Roy said Debruhl was, at some point, operating a lawn business at the industrial park, but unbeknownst to the landlord had begun residing at the business as well with a woman and two children.

Judge Paul Moore of the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division, set bail at $200,000 cash only for Debruhl, who is being held at the Hillsborough County jail.

The court granted the request of Detective Kent Matthews of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force to seal the police affidavit, arrest warrant and search warrant involving Debruhl's case.

"Premature disclosure of the information contained in the above identified documents may jeopardize the integrity of other ongoing investigations," said the motion, adding it may also jeopardize the safety of confidential informants and police officers if the documents are made public.

The large quantity of heroin found inside the business was located within the living area, said police.

"Debruhl is believed to be a significant dealer of heroin in the Merrimack area," authorities said in a statement.

He will be back in court on Feb. 6 for a probable cause hearing at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division.

Meanwhile, Roy said that the task force is continuing to investigate, and has additional information on who may have been supplying the drugs to Debruhl.

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