Illegal Trade In New Hampshire
Since its founding, New Hampshire has been a pillar of American freedom and prosperity. From it’s past as a textile powerhouse to its strong machinery and manufacturing industries of today, the Granite State continues to be a hub of American excellence.
However, all of the things that make New Hampshire so appealing also make it a desirable location for black market criminals. Over the past 20 years, New Hampshire has experienced surges in narcotic sales. The Interstate 93 and Interstate 95 Corridors provide ample opportunities for drug trafficking, particularly serving as a pipeline from Massachusetts. Though this uptick began in the late 1990s, the problem persists today. In 2017, New Hampshire reported the third highest age-adjusted rate of fentanyl-involved overdose deaths, as well as one of the greatest increases in controlled prescription drugs lost in transit amongst U.S. states in 2018.
Illegal trade in New Hampshire doesn’t just stop with illicit drugs. It includes everything from crimes that may seem victimless—like selling counterfeit purses and fashion accessories—but, in fact, have severe consequences on all Granite Staters. The same criminals that traffic in fake luxury goods and local sports team merchandise are often connected to the world’s most insidious criminal organizations.
Black market profiteers steal much needed tax revenue and hurt legitimate businesses and law-abiding citizens who are left to make up the difference. While law enforcement agencies are doing everything they can, it’s too much for them to handle alone. This is why USA-IT is so proud to be working locally in New Hampshire. Together, we can fight back against these criminals and live free of their shadowy power.
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In 2017, New Hampshire reported the 3rd highest age-adjusted rate of fentanyl-involved overdose deaths.
In 2018, New Hampshire reported one of the greatest increases in controlled prescription drugs lost in transit amongst U.S. states.
In 2021 alone, retail thefts in New Hampshire totaled $292 million and cost nearly $24 million in state and local taxes.