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Sullivan County indicts over drugs

NEWPORT — Ramping up the war on increased drug activity, mostly heroin, the Sullivan County Superior Court grand jury seated in Newport has indicted several men recently charged with possession and selling drugs.

Father and son, Roger Colby, 49, and Mark Colby, 30, were arrested after Claremont police executed a search warrant at their residence, 87 Summer Street, on Feb. 13. Mark Colby was indicted on possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute that carries the penalty of life in prison and a $500,000 fine. And possession and intent to distribute oxycodone that carries the penalty of seven and half to 15 years in prison and a $200,000 fine. He was also indicted on felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a three and half to seven year prison sentence and a $4,000 fine.

His father Roger Colby was indicted on six charges of selling controlled drugs including heroin, buprenorphine and oxycodone and the subsequent offense of selling within 1,000 feet of a school.

Eric Bastian, 43, of Alden Road, Claremont and 2nd NH Turnpike in Unity, was indicted on three counts of sale of heroin that each carry a penalty of three and half to seven years in prison and a $100,000 fine and one count of possession of heroin with intent to sell that carries a penalty of 15 to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Jeffrey Talbert, 49, of Route 4A in Enfield was indicted on possession of heroin, which carries the penalty of three and half to seven years in jail and a $25,000 fine.

An indictment is not a judgment of guilt, but that prosecutors have enough evidence to move forward with a trial.

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