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New Ipswich

Drug case results in suspended sentence

NEW IPSWICH — After reaching a plea agreement, a New Ipswich man charged with multiple counts of drug possession and possession has received a suspended sentence.

Charles Greenleaf, 41, of New Ipswich, was arrested on March 26 after New Ipswich police raided both his home and that of a neighbor, Paul Landry, 55, of New Ipswich. Greenleaf was charged with control of premises containing controlled drugs, manufacturing a drug believed to be marijuana, manufacturing a drug believed to be hashish, and two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, as well as five counts of possession of a controlled drug without a prescription for Conderta, M. Amphet Salt, Focalin XR, Dextroampletamine Sulfate and seven 30 milligram pills of Ritalin.

The felony charges, by statute, could have been punishable by up to seven and a half years to 15 years in the N.H. State prison, and misdemeanors by up to a year.

On June 10, as part of a plea agreement, Greenleaf changed his plea from not guilty to guilty for a misdemeanor charge of controlling premises where a controlled drug, believed to be marijuana, was illegally kept and possession of marijuana. The possession charge was reduced from possession with intent to distribute, which is a felony, to possession, which is a misdemeanor.

Greenleaf was sentenced to a $1,000 fine and 360 days in prison, with seven days credited for time spent incarcerated prior to trial. Greenleaf’s prison sentence has been suspended for 60 months, on the condition that he commit no further misdemeanors or felonies and have no violations for drug-related matters. Greenleaf will be on probation for two years. He must also complete phases one and two of the Merrimack County Diagnosing and Treating Addiction program. In phase one, participants are screened by a case manager and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and are subject to random drug testing. In the second phase, they have their case managed on a weekly basis and are subject to a counselors’ recommendations.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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