Claremont NH – Over the past year, the Claremont Police Department received multiple tips and complaints from the public regarding illicit drug activity at 35 Woonsocket Avenue in Claremont. As a result of those tips, on March 21, 2019, the Claremont Police Department executed a search warrant at that address with the assistance of New Hampshire Probation and Parole and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators seized a substantial quantity of suspected heroin or fentanyl, buprenorphine and suspected bath salts. Also seized was a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and approximately $2,500 in US currency.
During the execution of the search warrant Kerri Yaqoob 28, of Claremont was arrested.
Yaqoob is charged with two felony counts of Conspiracy to Commit Sale of Controlled
Drugs, and three felony counts of Possession of Controlled Drugs with Intent to Distribute. It is alleged that Yaqoob committed these offenses while released on personal recognizance bail from the Sullivan Superior Court for pending felony charges of Escape and Attempted Escape.
Those pending offenses were, in turn, allegedly committed while Yaqoob was released on bail from the Sullivan Superior Court on a previous felony charge of Possession of Controlled Drugs.
Subsequent to this investigation, the Claremont Police Department also holds an active arrest
warrant for James “J.J.” Santaw, 30 also of Claremont.
Santaw is charged with two felony counts of Sale of Controlled Drugs. It is alleged that
Santaw committed these offenses while released on bail from the 5th Circuit Court – District
Division – Claremont, for previous misdemeanor offenses of Stalking, Violation of a Protective
Order, Simple Assault and Resisting Arrest.
Investigation into this matter is ongoing, and further charges are anticipated. Anyone with
information about this investigation, or about the whereabouts of Santaw, is encouraged to
call Claremont Police Detective Casey Piehl at (603)542-7010 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.