54 Misery-makers Arrested

Police count 54 drug dealers in arrest sweep
PAT GROSSMITH Union Leader Manchester NH]
September 14, 2006

MANCHESTER -- An eight-month undercover drug investigation in the state's largest city has resulted in 54 drug dealers being arrested and the confiscation of more than 10 pounds of drugs with a street value of $450,000, authorities said yesterday.

The arrests began on April 1, but since Monday, police have arrested 28 people on charges they sold crack, cocaine or heroin to undercover officers or possessed drugs.

Manchester Police Chief John Jaskolka, at a news conference yesterday afternoon, said he "fully expects more arrests as the operation continues over the next few days and weeks."

Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta commended all the agencies involved -- Manchester police, state police, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Marshal's Office, ATF, state Probation and Parole Department, and the New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force.

He said the arrests show there is a "renewed commitment to eradicate the criminal element in our city."

The undercover drug investigation so far as involved the execution of 13 search warrants and the seizure or purchase of 7.9 pounds of cocaine, 2.4 pounds of crack cocaine, and 2.5 ounces of heroin by agents. Police also removed nine firearms -- eight handguns and one shotgun -- from city streets and seized $130,979 in cash.

The probe was funded with a federal grant under the Operation Streetsweeper program and involved seven different state, local, county and federal agencies.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Colantuono said nine of those arrested will be prosecuted on federal charges in U.S. District Court in Concord.

Those charged in federal court include Joseph Anderson, 36, of 326 Amherst St., Apt. 9; Lucien Arsenault, 37, 8 Ruby Way, Merrimack; Cotisha Blake, 37, of 22 Concord St., Apt. 13; Andrew Eaton, 38, 3951 Brown Ave.; Anthony Frith, 32, 3951 Brown Ave.; Kim Paul, 41, 478 Beech St., Apt. 6; Kyshawn Ross, 28, 509 Beech St.; Michelle Sarazin, 34, currently being detained at the Valley Street jail; Eugene Williams, 45, 281 Auburn St., Apt. 2.

Anderson was in Manchester District Court yesterday on state charges of possessing marijuana and resisting detention. His bail was set at $5,000 cash or surety, with a trial set for Nov. 13.

Those arrested are mostly street-level dealers, selling drugs in Manchester and the surrounding area, although there were a few mid- to high-level drug traffickers among them, according to police.

Two alleged mid-level crack cocaine dealers arrested Monday night were Jerrel T. Cryer, 25, of 9 Wheelock St., and Christopher Hoggard, 19, of 501 Somerville St., first-floor. Cryer is charged with three counts of selling crack cocaine and one count possessing cocaine with the intent to sell it. Hoggard is charged with four counts of selling crack cocaine.

Each is being held on $40,000 cash or surety bail, with probable cause hearings in Manchester District Court set for Sept. 25.

Brothers Nathaniel Kitchen, 19, of 100 Lincoln St., and Isaiah Kitchen, 21, of 283 Bridge St., were also arrested Monday night. Nathaniel Kitchen was arrested on an electronic bench warrant for operating a motor vehicle after his license was suspended.

When he arrived yesterday morning in District Court for his arraignment, police promptly arrested him on a drug charge. He was handcuffed and taken to the police station for processing.

He is to be arraigned this morning on both the motor vehicle complaint and the drug charge.

His brother, Isaiah, pleaded innocent yesterday to possessing marijuana. He is free on $1,000 personal recognizance bail with a trial slated for Nov. 9.

Also arraigned yesterday were:

Kasha Carmody, 20, of 86 Batchelder Ave., one count of selling cocaine. Bail is $5,000 cash/surety. Jason Coelho, 26, 285 Concord St., Apt. 5, three counts of selling cocaine. Bail is $10,000 cash/surety.

Edward Davender, 32, 455 Pine St., Apt. 220, three counts of selling crack cocaine. Bail is $30,000 cash/surety.

Their probable cause hearings are Sept. 25.

Irvin Donlagic, 20, 373 Beech St., first floor, was charged with three counts of selling cocaine. His bail is $30,000 cash/surety, although police prosecuting officer Kristen Taylor wanted it set at $50,000 because, she told the judge, he was a flight risk.

Donlagic said he planned to leave for an out-of-country vacation on Sunday. Should he make bail, however, he is not to travel outside of New Hampshire.

"I guess that will cancel any vacation plans you have," Judge Norman Champagne told him. He is to return to court Sept. 25 for a probable cause hearing.

Also arraigned yesterday were Scott Gauthier, 37, 22 Concord St., Apt. 13, one count sale of crack cocaine. Bail is $5,000 cash/surety, and a probable cause hearing, Sept. 26.

Katon Lang, 21, 211 Pine St., third floor, was arraigned on four counts of selling cocaine and three charges of selling heroin.

His bail is $30,000 cash/surety with a probable cause hearing, Sept. 25.

Fritz Lemite, 28, 22 Beech Hill Ave., was arraigned on three counts of sale of cocaine. His bail is $20,000 cash/ surety with a probable cause hearing, Sept. 26.

Norman Moore, 32, last known address of 6 Hold St., Concord, was charged with one count of selling the drug cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxer. Bail is $10,000 cash/surety with a trial Sept. 26.

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