NEW HAMPSHIRE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT
By PAT GROSSMITH
7 hours, 20 minutes ago
An alleged drug dealer charged in the largest cocaine case in the state’s history was a drywall subcontractor on two Manchester construction projects that received federal funding.
And most of the employees Juan Garcia Hernandez supplied to those work sites — Stella Arms on Karatzas Avenue and the Family Willows on South Beech Street — were illegal immigrants from Mexico, according to carpenters union organizers.
Hernandez was a subcontractor on many commercial construction jobs across the state, as well as in Maine and Massachussetts. He paid his workers from $11 to $18 an hour, if he bothered to pay them at all, according to union representatives and wage-claim forms filed by former workers.
The owner of the company that built Stella Arms, a 66-unit apartment complex, expressed shock when informed that an accused cocaine trafficker was a subcontractor on his project.
“Are you kidding me?” said Richard Anagnost, owner of Anagnost Companies. “I didn’t even know he subcontracted (on the Stella Arms project).”
According to Liz Skidmore — an organizer with carpenters union Local 118, of Raymond and Manchester — Granite State Drywall of Manchester subcontracted the drywall work on Stella Arms to Drywall Impressions, also of Manchester. Granite State Drywall, Skidmore said, is owned by Bruno Grenier; Drywall Impressions is owned by Hernandez.
Grenier did not return calls for comment.
The $10 million Stella Arms project received $932,000 in federal funding, according to Gregory G. Carson, field office director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Manchester.
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