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Accused Swanzey dealer of Trump-labeled heroin gets bail amount reduced

Union Leader Correspondent

May 22. 2016 5:48PM
Amy Akin of Swanzey, in superior court in Keene Friday afternoon, is being held on $10,000 cash for allegedly dealing heroin out of her home. (Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent)

KEENE — Bail for a Swanzey woman accused of selling “Donald Trump” labeled heroin out of her home was reduced from $50,000 cash to $10,000 cash at her arraignment at the Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene on Friday afternoon.

Amy Akin, 40, of 226 South Road, was arrested and charged Thursday with possession of heroin with the intent to sell or dispense it.

A woman who lived with Akin at 226 South Road for a month reported to Swanzey police in February that Akin was dealing heroin on a daily basis, according to Akin’s arrest affidavit on file at the court.

The woman reported Akin to Swanzey police, who then reported the tip to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force in February.

The woman reported that Akin was the “primary dealer and travels to Greenfield, MA. to purchase the heroin every two days,” the affidavit said.

Then in March, Darcie Hall, 36, of Troy was charged with two counts of selling heroin. The affidavit says state police believe Hall was a runner for Akin, who was the source of the heroin Hall sold.

After a drug task force investigation, Akin’s South Road home was searched, during which more than 600 bags of heroin were seized, with each bag containing about 1 gram of heroin, the affidavit says.

The bags of heroin were hidden in a DVD player and stamped with a “Donald Trump” logo.

The heroin was located in a bedroom, which was converted into a makeshift office. Also in that room was a 9mm handgun and about $34,000 in cash, both of which were seized along with the heroin, according to court records.

In another bedroom, psilocybin mushrooms where found. Various pills and marijuana also were found in commons areas of the house, the affidavit said.

Akin was arrested Thursday and held overnight in the Cheshire County House of Corrections in lieu of $50,000 cash.

Akin was brought before the Cheshire County Superior Court Friday afternoon for arraignment on one charge of possession with intent to sell heroin.

Her attorney, Mark Sisti, entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf and argued for $2,500 cash or surety bail.

“She’s educated, she’s law-abiding, she has no record,” Sisti said.

Sisti said Akin is “100 percent disabled” from an injury she sustained while lifting a patient while she was working as an LPN in Florida.

Cheshire County Prosecutor John Webb asked that bail be set at $50,000 cash or surety, saying she poses a risk to the community based on the amount of heroin seized and because a handgun was found near the illegal drugs.

“Based on the sales of heroin in the community, it’s no secret how many overdoses we’ve had in recent times,” Webb said.

Sisti argued she has “no criminal record whatsoever,” and that the handgun seized is not an indication she is dangerous.

“It’s an absolutely legally purchased firearm out of the state of Florida,” Sisti said. “The mere presence of a firearm doesn’t make her a threat; it makes her a citizen with a firearm in the state of New Hampshire.”

Because she has no prior convictions, Judge John Kissinger set the bail at $10,000. Kissinger said the bail would be cash only, adding that heroin is a danger to the community and the amount of heroin and the amount of cash found in the house indicates a high volume of heroin sales.

Sisti then asked if the bail could also be corporate surety, arguing that the money Kissinger referenced was the proceeds of a house sale from Florida.

Akin has lived in Swanzey for the past three years, Sisti said, but previously lived in Florida for 13 years where she owned and lived in a home while she worked as an LPN.

“It is not from ill-gotten gain,” it is the result of the sale of real estate, Sisti said.

Kissinger said if Sisti could prove the money came from a house sale he would reconsider bail at a future hearing.

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