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'Operation Granite Hammer' nets four drug-related arrests

Staff Report
October 21. 2015 9:51PM

Clockwise from top left: Jordan Duran, Ramon Martinez, Jason LaFrance, and Jessica Bouchard. 

MANCHESTER — The fourth multi-agency "Operation Granite Hammer" effort targeting local drug dealers was conducted Tuesday and resulted in four people appearing in 9th Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Wednesday.

When a search warrant was executed at 29 Bremer St., investigators reported finding and seizing 183 grams of Fentanyl and a loaded 9 mm handgun.

Jessica Bouchard, 31, of the Bremer Street address, was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of sale of a controlled drug on Oct. 15 and possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell on Oct. 20.

At her arraignment by video from the Valley Street Jail, Bouchard struggled with the idea of a $25,000 cash/surety bail. She said she didn’t have the $40 bail commissioner fee and teared up at the amount of the bail, repeating: “twenty-five thousand dollars, twenty-five thousand dollars,” as she was led away.

Her alleged co-conspirator, Jason LaFrance, 34, of the same Bremer Street address, was arraigned by telephone from the Elliot Hospital.

LaFrance, who was convicted of six drug offenses in Hillsborough County Superior Court North in 2011, was located at the New Hampshire probation/parole office at 60 Rogers St.

But police said he ran to the window and dove out a second-floor window, sustaining a leg injury, and was taken to the hospital.

He was arraigned on felony charges of being an armed career criminal, possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell, sale of a narcotic and felonious use of a firearm, as well as a misdemeanor of resisting arrest.

Bail for LaFrance was set at $25,000 cash/surety, but it will not become effective unless a 72-hour probation hold is lifted.

Because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, hearings for both Bouchard and LaFrance were set for Nov. 3, when a judge will hear evidence and decide whether to bind them over to the Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

Two men were arrested after a motor vehicle stop of a vehicle with a defective brake light.

Police said detectives spotted the car with a defective brake light on West Auburn Street and followed it into the parking lot at Market Basket, 460 Elm St.

When Jordan Duran, 37, who lists the homeless shelter as his address, left the vehicle and headed toward the store entrance, officers approached him and asked him to stop.

They said he started to run and when he was caught, an empty hypodermic needle was found in a pocket, and a liquid believed to be heroin was seeping through his jeans. He was charged with felony falsifying physical evidence and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $5,000 cash/surety bail for Duran.

Ramon Martinez, 38, of 18A Apple Tree Drive, Goffstown, had been sought on Manchester warrants for felony criminal threatening and two misdemeanor charges of simple assault in connection with an Oct. 6 incident. New Hampshire State Police charged Martinez with a felony of heroin possession and a misdemeanor of marijuana possession. Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Martinez has a 26-page criminal record with a 2007 conviction for accomplice to kidnapping and a 2008 conviction for criminal liability to robbery in Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

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