Police: Suspect in eel-smuggling operation fought officer, on the looseSubmitted by JO4RP on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 09:22
HAMPTON, N.H. —New Hampshire Fish and Game and state police are actively searching for a suspect they believe is involved in an international eel-smuggling operation.
Police attempted to arrest the man earlier Friday, but he escaped wearing a set of handcuffs on one hand. The state police chopper and several K-9 units are searching the area of Route 1 in Hampton.
A Fish and Game officer got a tip that two men suspected in illegally fishing eels off the New Hampshire coast would be in Hampton around 4:30 a.m. The officer made contact and arrested one suspect. When he tried to put handcuffs on the second suspect, the second suspect began fighting with the sole officer, was pepper-sprayed and then took off into the woods.