Oct 2, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 4, 2014
Salem man sentenced for mail-order marijuana
BRENTWOOD - A Salem man arrested for receiving 5½ pounds of marijuana in the mail was sent to state prison on Monday after a judge rejected an argument that his offense was worthy of a largely time-served jail sentence.
Raymond Speight Jr., 23, received a 1½- to 4-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in Rockingham County Superior Court to possession of a controlled drug with attempt to distribute.
Prosecutors argued that despite recent legalization efforts to decriminalize marijuana around the nation, Speight's offense should still warrant prison time given the amount of marijuana seized from his home.
"This isn't just marijuana, this is 5½ pounds of marijuana," Assistant County Attorney Ben LeDuc said. "This isn't somebody with a joint or somebody with any small amount."
Salem police were alerted by U.S. Postal Inspector Michael McCarran earlier this year that Speight had taken delivery of roughly 16 suspicious packages between February and March, each weighing 2 to 5 pounds.
The packages drew the attention of McCarran because they had tell-tale signs of possibly containing drugs, according to LeDuc. They were mailed from a fictitious business in Scottsdale, Ariz., the addresses were handwritten, and the packages were protected with heavy amounts of tape, he said.
Speight had been picking up the packages - addressed to another fictitious business - from a UPS store in Methuen, Mass., LeDuc said.
Police seized only a single package from Speight on March 29, but investigators found a scale, $16,056 in cash and other packages along with the drugs. Federal prosecutors seized the cash earlier this year as part of a separate court action.
Defense lawyer Donald Blaszka argued that the state lacked any evidence what the empty packages once contained. Prosecutors considered it circumstantial evidence that Speight was dealing marijuana.
"There's no evidence. There's no intelligence ... that points to Mr. Speight as some big-time drug dealer or big-time marijuana dealer," Blaszka said.
He argued for Speight, who has been jailed since his arrest in March, to serve a 12-month jail sentence and receive two years probation.
Judge N. William Delker disagreed with that assessment.
"What you have done in this case is nothing short of being a drug dealer," Delker said.
He said all the evidence in the case left no mystery to what he was doing.
"You're not dealing a little on side to fuel a drug habit," Delker said. "You are the problem."
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Lamontagne, accomplice in Bedford home invasion, sentenced to 6 to 22 years - 1
- Milford police officers nearly struck by fleeing suspect - 0
- Ex-Derry official seeks appeal of indecent exposure conviction - 0
- Manchester Crimewatch: City man accused of slashing another man with screwdriver - 0
- Gilford man accused of 'pistol-whipping' two people at Manchester party - 1
- Farmington man found guilty of second-degree murder in 2012 robbery - 0
- Manchester teen pleads guilty to three charges stemming from March riot - 0
- Receipt reveals juvenile was behind trash found in Nottingcook Forest - 0
- Manchester man charged with stealing cigarettes wants statements tossed by judge - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- NHIAA Boys' Soccer Tournaments: Div. I looks wide open - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Browner, 'D' shaping up - 0
- Another View -- Marilinda Garcia: Rep. Ann Kuster has not been a help to NH senior citizens - 2
- Smith schools Hassan: Leadership in Londonderry - 0
- Where officers live: Manchester is missing the point - 1
- Manchester school health costs down, but plans called 'generous' - 0
- Manchester school board reaffirms 'get tough' policy for student assaults - 3
- CDC says returning workers should not be quarantined - 1
- Cat dies after reportedly being thrown from vehicle on Route 11 in New Durham - 3
Baby found in Gilmanton meth lab raid
The Obamaconomy: Shea-Porter shows its flaw
KSC student facing charges related to riot
2nd CD post-debate 'spin room': Garcia 'shocked' at how many times Kuster interrupted her
Tea Party PAC endorses Scott Brown
Another View -- Marilinda Garcia: Rep. Ann Kuster has not been a help to NH senior citizens
Lyndeborough's new Christmas tree destroyed
UNH Survey Center poll: Kuster leads Garcia
- Whom do you think bears the brunt of the blame for the mayhem this weekend in Keene?
- KSC students
- KSC administration
- Visitors from out of town
- A combination of any/all of the above
- Total Votes: 2483