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Nashua police say arrests put 6 behind bars, lead to seizure of 248 grams of heroin

NASHUA – Nashua police made drug arrests Thursday in three separate incidents that put six people behind bars and took nearly half a pound of heroin off the street.

Lt. David Bailey credited Patrolmen
Dennis Lee and Robert Goodwin with the most significant of the arrests. ...

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NASHUA – Nashua police made drug arrests Thursday in three separate incidents that put six people behind bars and took nearly half a pound of heroin off the street.

Lt. David Bailey credited Patrolmen
Dennis Lee and Robert Goodwin with the most significant of the arrests.

Lee pulled over a car he spotted making a U-turn and going through a stop sign on Ledge Street around 10 p.m. While he was talking to the driver, Dustin Adams, 29, of 232 Cemetery Road, Bath, the passenger, Robert Orth, 28, of 48 Quint Road, South Ryegate, Vt., was acting suspiciously, Bailey said.

Goodwin arrived to back Lee up and was hit by Orth’s car door at one point, and when he tried to arrest him, Orth resisted, police said. While both officers wrestled with Orth, he yelled to Adams, who fled on foot. When he was chased down, officers found a large amount of heroin and a loaded handgun, Bailey said.

Bailey said 248 grams of heroin – about half a pound –
was in the car along with the gun. Undercover detectives and cooperating informants generally pay roughly $100 for a gram of heroin during undercover drug buys, Bailey said, meaning the heroin seized Thursday could have fetched around $25,000.

“It’s a humongous amount of heroin,” Bailey said. “Obviously, we’re happy with the results. Thank God that it went the way that it did and that (they) didn’t decide to try to use that handgun to get away.”

Police prosecutor Evie King said during arraignments at Nashua district court on Friday that the men, both of whom are already felons, were buying drugs in Lawrence, Mass., and transporting them to Vermont and northern New Hampshire after making stops in Nashua. She said it’s possible federal prosecutors will be filing charges given the interstate nature of the accusations.

Orth is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute; possession of cocaine, convicted felons; felonious use of a firearm; criminal liability to the conduct of another, falsifying physical evidence; simple assault on a police officer; resisting arrest; and resisting detention, police said.

Adams is charged with criminal liability to the conduct of another; possession of heroin, convicted felons; felonious use of a firearm; falsifying physical evidence; resisting arrest; and resisting detention, police said.

Both men were held overnight on $150,000 cash bail. On Friday, Nashua district court Judge Michael Ryan set Orth’s bail at $500,000 cash or surety and Adams’ bail at $200,000 cash or surety. Both will have to show at a court hearing the source of any money they use to post bail.

The possession of heroin with intent to distribute charges come with enhanced penalties that could send the men to state prison for 30 years and fined as much as $500,000, police said.

Open-air drug market?

Police also charged two Nashua men with selling drugs at what has been described by some residents as an open-air drug market at the intersection of Ash Street and Ash Court.

Sean Hendricks, 24, of 41⁄2 East Pearl, and Kanijah Tonge, 20, of 6 Ash Court, were arrested shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday and charged with selling cocaine, police said.

Bailey said detectives began an undercover investigation into drug dealing in the neighborhood after numerous residents complained about drug activity. He said some of the drug sales resembled those at open-air drug markets rare in Nashua and usually popular only in much larger cities.

Hendricks, who Bailey said was the main dealer of the pair, was charged with three counts of unlawful sale of a narcotic drug, cocaine, and one charge of criminal liability for conduct of another, unlawful sale of a narcotic drug. He was out on bail on separate charges, so police also charged him with breach of bail conditions, a misdemeanor. He was held on $100,000 cash bail and scheduled to be arraigned at Nashua district court on Friday, police said.

Tonge is charged with a single count of unlawful sale of a narcotic drug, cocaine. He was held on $20,000 cash or surety bail pending his arraignment Monday, police said.

Each of the Class B felony drug sale charges are punishable by up to seven years in prison, plus fines, police said.

Bailey said police intend to arrest more alleged drug dealers in that area.

Traveling drug dealers?

Also, a Nashua woman and a Lyndeborough woman were arrested by Milford police on a Nashua police warrant shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday and charged with selling heroin, police said.

Bailey said Jubalee Rios, 20, of 60 Manchester St., Nashua, and Tasha Maddox, 21, of 14 Osgood Road,
Lyndeborough, were driving one another around the city to complete drug deals.

The pair stayed at a series of hotels in the area, and Milford police arrested them at the Milford Motel on Elm Street after Nashua police learned their car had been spotted there, Bailey said.

Rios is charged with two counts of unlawful sale of narcotic drug, heroin, and criminal liability for the conduct of another, unlawful sale of a narcotic drug. Maddox faces a single unlawful sale of heroin charge and two counts of criminal liability, police said.

Milford police searched the women’s motel room after their arrests and will likely file their own charges, Bailey said.

Both women were held on $20,000 cash or surety bail pending their arraignments at Nashua district court on Friday, police said.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached
at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Cote
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