Man held after second drug-related arrest in four days

NASHUA – When a police officer patrolling Main Street allegedly noticed Craig Harper texting while briefly stopped at a red light, he pulled him over, presumably to warn him against the practice.

However, when the officer noticed a cut straw “in plain view,” and got Harper’s permission to search his car, he allegedly found a substance believed to be heroin.

The officer, who said in his report Harper “admitted it was heroin,” took the 23-year-old Dracut, Massachusetts, man into custody on one felony count of possession of heroin/fentanyl, according to police.

Tuesday, less than four days after his arrest, subsequent arraignment and release on $200 cash bail, Harper was back in police custody, accused once again of possessing heroin or fentanyl-and this time, he was ordered held on preventive detention.

Police also added a charge of breach of bail conditions, a misdemeanor that accuses Harper of violating his bail terms by failing to stay out of trouble.

The second arrest, very early Tuesday morning, stemmed from an ambulance call to a so-called “sober house” in Nashua’s Crown Hill section, police said.

The officer who responded with the ambulance said he received a report that “people were using narcotics” at the house, and upon arrival was told that house staff had allegedly confiscated drugs from Harper.

A staff member said Harper allegedly pulled a “tinfoil ball” from his pocket and identified it as heroin. He allegedly told police he had bought it in Lowell, Massachusetts, and was hiding it in his room for future use, the reports state.

Harper was arrested and transported to police headquarters for booking, at which time police learned of his arrest four days earlier, police said.