Men arrested during 2017 Granite Hammer operation in Canaan plead guilty to drug chargesBy John Koziol
Union Leader Correspondent
February 08. 2018 10:08PM
NORTH HAVERHILL — Two men arrested during a 2017 Granite Hammer Initiative in Canaan have pleaded guilty to drug charges.
Travis McCoy, 36, of Canaan, and Alexander T. Allen, 27, of Laconia, appeared Feb. 6 in Grafton County Superior Court where their pleas were accepted by Judge Peter Bornstein.
Later, Bornstein also imposed sentence upon Allen; McCoy’s sentencing has not yet been scheduled.
According to the Canaan Police Department, on April 26, 2017, the agency, under the banner of Granite Hammer, arrested nine people, including McCoy and Allen.
The indictments against the men said their offenses occurred on Jan. 12, 2017.
McCoy was charged with possession of heroin — subsequent offense, a Class A felony, and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.
Allen was charged with possession of methylphenidate — subsequent offense, a Class A felony. Methylphenidate is classified as a stimulant used to treat conditions including ADHD. It is sold under several brand names, including Ritalin.
Under the plea agreement, Bornstein sentenced Allen, who had a 2016 drug-possession conviction out of Grafton County Superior Court, to 12 months in the county House of Corrections, all of it suspended for three years. He also fined Allen $500, ordered him to pay $120 in fees, both of which were suspended for two years, and placed him on probation for two years.
McCoy entered a naked plea, meaning there had been no plea bargain on the marijuana possession charge and the state has recommended a sentence of 12 months in the House of Corrections, with six months suspended for three years. In addition to being on probation for two years, McCoy was ordered to pay a $350 fine and $84 in fees, both suspended for three years.
On the heroin possession charge, McCoy, who was convicted on a drug charge in 2003 in Lebanon District Court, faces a sentence of no less than one-and-a-half years and no more than three years in state prison, all suspended for three years.