Multi-agency drug sweep nets 23 arrests in NH, Mass.
Attorney Jim Reams said all of those arrested are being charged with the sale of a variety of drugs, ranging from marijuana to heroin.
Reams said nine different types of drugs were seized at 16 different locations during the morning's sweep.
One suspect, Dixie Bregy, 31, of 77 Myrtle St., Apt. 2, Manchester, is still at large, and Reams said police are hoping she will turn herself in.
The sweep focused on the towns of Raymond and Epping, where the majority of arrests were made.
Law-enforcement agencies involved include the Raymond, Epping, Plaistow, Kingston, Salem and Danville police departments, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshal's Office.
'We began this investigation in Raymond and it spread from there because the sale of drugs and the use of drugs does not follow town boundaries,' Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams said during a press conference at Torrent Hall in Raymond Tuesday afternoon.
Reams said the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department created a drug task force about a year ago at the request of local law-enforcement agencies to try to halt the sale of drugs in the county.
'And this sweep today put a dent in illegal drug sales in Rockingham County,' Reams said.
A total of 21 people were arrested in New Hampshire on Tuesday morning, and most were scheduled for arraignment in Rockingham County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon, Reams said. Two others are being held in Massachusetts.
Reams said it is the cooperation between all departments, especially in a time of tight budgets, that made the sweep a success.
'We hope we put a dent in drug sales here and we hope the message is out there that law enforcement in this county and in this state are going to work together to try and make our streets safer for everybody,' Reams said.
In total, Reams said the 24 suspects face a total of 32 indictments. As of Tuesday afternoon, he did not know the quantity of drugs seized. He said they also had some search warrants for weapons, but he had not received a return on those warrants at the time of the press conference.
Raymond Police Chief David Salois said although all of the arrests are for drugs, they also represent a cutdown in the number of burglaries and thefts a small town like his has to respond to, as those crimes are 'fuel for the fire' for people on drugs.
He said any drug bust is a high-level drug bust for a small community.
Reams said he would not characterize the drug sales as an organized ring, but he said many of those arrested were familiar with each other and with law enforcement.
Reams said over half of the indictments are for the sale of the prescription drug Oxycodone.
Over 60 law-enforcement officers on 10 teams simultaneously conducted the sweep.
Following is a list of those arrested:
Simon Ackerman, 21, of 339 West Road, Hampstead, for sale of Oxandrolone
Sarah Castine, 18, of 93 Jenness Road, Epping, for sale of Oxycodone, two counts
James Castine, 19, of 93 Jenness Road, Epping, for sale of Oxycodone
Mark Farrell, 27, of 14 Epping St., No., 7, Raymond, for sale of Buprenorphine, two counts
Andrew Howard, 23, of 6 Regina Ave., Raymond, for sale of Oxycodone, four counts
Keith Kapustin, 37, of 44 Barberry Lane, Raymond, for sale of Oxycodone
James Levesque, 25, of 10 Donald St., Raymond, for sale of marijuana
Aliza Kenny, 20, of 56 Judith St., Danville, for sale of marijuana, two counts
Jonathan Murphy, 23, of 12 Smith Pond Road, Raymond, for sale of Oxycodone, two counts
Samantha Norton, 27, of 82 Prescott Road, Raymond, for sale of heroin
Billy-Jo Miller, 19, of 10 Epping St., No. 2, Raymond, for sale of Buprenorphine
Joshua Marion, 21, of 16 Shattagee Road, Raymond, for sale of marijuana
Jennifer Morin, 31, of 296 Howe St., Methuen, Mass., for sale of Oxycodone
Rebecca Norton, 25, of 82A Prescott Road, Raymond, for sale of Buprenorphine
Gregory Pacheco, 28, of 86 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, for sale of marijuana
Harvey Page, 58, of 16 Mary Ave., Raymond, for sale of Alprazolam and Oxycodone
Charlie Philbrick, 28, of 12 Epping St., No. 4, Raymond, for sale of cocaine and Oxycodone
Frank Powers, 44, of 30 Dyson Drive, Salem, for sale of Oxycodone
Michael Page, 21, of 16 Mary Ave., Raymond, for sale of heroin
Tyler Sadler, 18, of 18 Bridle Lane, Epping, for sale of Oxycodone, three counts
Sharon Norton, of 82 Prescott Road, Raymond, for sale of drug reported to be heroin.
Thomas Wallace, 23, of 44 Barberry Lane, Raymond, for sale of Hydromorphone
Jennifer Landry, 40, of 105 Blue Heron Drive, Portsmouth, for sale of heroin.