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Merrimack man sentenced 8-20 years in prison for heroin sales, possession

MERRIMACK – A Merrimack man caught with more than 100 grams of heroin inside the glass-blowing business he owned was sentenced to at least eight years in prison this week.

Denard Debruhl, 34, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three counts of selling heroin, two counts of possession of heroin with intent to sell and one count of possession of cocaine, and was sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison, along with suspended prison time once he’s released, according to state Attorney General Joseph Foster. ...

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MERRIMACK – A Merrimack man caught with more than 100 grams of heroin inside the glass-blowing business he owned was sentenced to at least eight years in prison this week.

Denard Debruhl, 34, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to three counts of selling heroin, two counts of possession of heroin with intent to sell and one count of possession of cocaine, and was sentenced to eight to 20 years in prison, along with suspended prison time once he’s released, according to state Attorney General Joseph Foster.

Debruhl was arrested by Merrimack police and members of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force in January after police found more than 150 grams of heroin – about one-third of a pound – at the small business at 908 Columbia Circle where Debruhl also was living with his long-time partner and two young children, according to court testimony.

Police searched the building, located in a commercial park off Daniel Webster Highway, on Jan. 24.

The drug task force had received information that Debruhl was selling heroin from the business, and task force members were able to purchase heroin from him there, police said.

Assistant Attorney General James Vara told a judge in March that Debruhl was making a significant amount of money each week by selling drugs.

The amount of heroin police seized was the most found in Merrimack, a town of just 27,000 people, in recent history. Merrimack police Lt. Denise Roy said it was the largest bust she’s been involved with during her 25-year career and described Debruhl as a “mid-level” dealer who distributed heroin to street-level dealers.

Foster said that while reducing the epidemic levels of heroin and other opiate abuse in New Hampshire must include a focus on treatment and prevention efforts, targeting and arresting dealers remains a key part of a solution.

“The problem of heroin abuse has been growing steadily and is one of the greatest challenges facing law enforcement here in New Hampshire and nationwide,” he said in a statement. “While a solution to this problem is multi-faceted and must involve education and treatment, an important part of the solution will continue to be identifying, arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating heroin dealers.”

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).