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Greenland, N.H., shooter target of drug investigation

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Police planned to search for oxycodone, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia at the home of Cullen Mutrie when he allegedly opened fire last week, killing the Greenland, N.H., police chief and wounding four other officers, according to a search warrant and affidavit released by authorities today.

The documents show police were also seeking to search Mutrie’s girlfriend, Brittany Tibbetts, who they believed was involved in the sale of drugs.

The warrant and affidavit had been sealed as a matter of course prior to the search to prevent contraband from being removed from the home. A judge Tuesday unsealed the documents at the request of New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young.


In the affidavit dated April 9, 2012, three days before last Thursday’s raid, an undercover investigator for the New Hampshire attorney general’s drug task force said he requested a search warrant for Mutrie, Tibbetts, and the house where Mutrie resided at 517 Post Road in Greenland.

Cullen Mutrie Portsmouth Police Department via Portsmouth Herald/AP

The affidavit alleged that police became aware of drug activity at the house in July 2010 when an officer went to serve Mutrie with a restraining order, stemming from a domestic disturbance at the house. The officer observed a silver scale and a plastic bag containing vials. A search of the house uncovered a controlled anabolic steroid.

In February 2011, neighbors complained to police of cars coming and going, which had led them to believe Mutrie was dealing drugs out of his house.

On Jan. 29, 2012, the investigator met with a confidential source who said Mutrie and his girlfriend were dealing upward of 500 oxycodone pills every few days out of his house.

That week, drug task force agents and detectives used the confidential source to arrange a purchase of 30 milligrams of oxycodone hydrochloride pills from Mutrie and his girlfriend for $250. That same day the confidential source bought the pills from Brittany Tibbetts, the documents said.


On March 27, undercover detectives watched the house and saw cars coming and going. Several cars were registered to people who had been charged with drug transportation or possession.

Based on this information, the undercover investigator said a search warrant was needed to look for the drugs at the house.

Mutrie, 29, allegedly killed Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney before apparently killing Tibbetts and then shooting himself in the head.

The shootings have rocked the small town of Greenland and reverberated across New England. Maloney’s death eight days short of retirement has echoed with particular force, and the nearby town of Hampton was bracing for an onslaught of mourners for Maloney’s memorial service Thursday at Winnacunnet High School.

“We’re expecting thousands and thousands,” said Stacey Grella, who was helping the Hampton Police Department field calls on the logistics of the ceremony.

Grella told the Globe on Monday that there had been inquiries from across New England, as well as New York. She said police expected 3,000 members of law enforcement to attend. Attending law enforcement members will begin a march at 10:30 a.m. from a funeral home in Hampton. It will end at the high school, where the memorial service will begin at noon, she said.

Two of the wounded officers, Scott Kukesh of the Newmarket Police Department and Jeremiah Murphy of the Rochester force, remained at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

David Dubois, Rochester’s police chief, said Murphy was continuing to improve and is expected to make a full recovery.