By John Quinn
State and local police arrested two men who allegedly killed a fawn out-of-season near a field of 20 marijuana plants Friday.
After the caller reported seeing two men gutting a deer in the woods off Range Road Aug. 20, police and N.H. Fish & Game conservation officers responded to the area, where they allegedly found evidence of a killed deer and a field of marijuana plants – which were at least six feet tall. They immediately retreated from the area and obtained a search warrant for 43 Range Road, according to Fish & Game.
Police also allegedly found meat processing materials and a .22 caliber/410 rifle and shotgun.
As a result, Eric McNeil, 30, of Strafford, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and for the manufacture of a controlled drug – which are both felonies. McNeil and Robert Weeks, of 21 New Road, Strafford, were both charged with taking a deer during the closed season, which is a misdemeanor.
Weeks is not a suspect in the marijuana growing activity.
"These two individuals committed a wildlife crime when they made the decision to kill this deer - it was only a fawn and still had spots on it. Thanks to the efforts of an individual making a call to Operation Game Thief, we hope to see justice served in this matter," Conservation Officer Justin Ferland wrote in a press release.
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