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New Hampshire

October 8, 2013

Londonderry police uncover major drug operation

Search warrant nets more than stolen goods

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Brandon Castiglione is believed to have been manufacturing butane honey oil, which is derived from hashish, the affidavit said. The oil has a much THC higher content than marijuana, according to police.

Olson said police were particularly concerned about the potentially flammable items found in the house. This was the first honey oil manufacturing operation Olson said he has seen.

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officer told Londonderry police that similar manufacturing operations have led to deadly explosions, he said.

Police believed Brandon Castiglione may have stolen the items from the flea market, but the father was also a concern, Olson said. Mark Castiglione owns firearms and has been previously convicted of drug charges, according to the affidavit and court records. The older Castiglione is not allowed to own firearms, according to court records.

After police completed their search, they issued warrants for the arrests of the father and son.

Brandon Castiglione turned himself in Friday and was charged on three counts of possession of a controlled/narcotic drug and single counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled drug, possession of a controlled/narcotic drug with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of alcohol and intoxication.

He was arraigned Friday afternoon in 10th Circuit Court, where Coughlin set his bail at $100,000 cash. The judge set a high bail because Brandon Castiglione violated his bail conditions on previous drug possession charges, Olson said.

He is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a probable cause hearing.

Mark Castiglione was arrested on a single charge of control of a premises where a controlled drug is kept, a misdemeanor, Olson said. He was released on $10,000 cash bail. No court date has been set, a clerk said.

Olson said the investigation into items stolen from the flea market continues.

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