Published DateLACONIA — Police have charged the two people who were arrested Thursday in a drug bust on Union Avenue with two counts each of allowing a child to be exposed to methamphetamine.
Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday state that when police went into the home of Nicholas Phelps, 26, and Courtney Rogers, 25, Rogers 5-year-old child was found naked and within reach of methamphetamine.
The two charges are added to five charges against Phelps — three for narcotics possession and two for possession of narcotics with intent to sell them.
Rogers, who is the mother of the young girl, is also charged with two counts of possession of narcotics.
After their separate video appearances yesterday, Judge Jim Carroll ordered Phelps held on $75,000 cash-only bail and Rogers held on $50,000 cash-only bail.
Affidavits said police had conducted a lengthy investigation and had obtained search warrants. After not seeing any activity around the apartment from 9 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. police "breached" the residence and found the little girl.
Rogers and Phelps were in the apartment and Phelps allegedly admitted to police there was cocaine and pills in the bathroom. When asked about methamphetamine, he allegedly said there was meth in there as well. They also found a razor blade, a straw, a mirror, a credit card and a pipe allegedly with methamphetamine residue.
Police said they entered the bathroom where the found a shelf with loose pills and powder on a mirror that field tested positive for methamphetamine. When Phelps was searched, police found a bag of brown powder he allegedly admitted was heroin that also field-tested positive for the same substance.
Affidavits also said police found an ounce and a half of a substance that field- tested positive for cocaine, some of which was wrapped in feminine-hygiene products. Police also found about 50 loose pills identified as four different types of pills identified by police as oxycodone.
During her video appearance, Rogers said nothing. She wiped her eyes and began sobbing when Prosecutor Jim Sawyer told the judge how police found her daughter. He said the child is staying with relatives.
During his appearance, Phelps stared at the floor and showed little to no emotion. When Carroll set bail at $75,000 cash and ordered him to show a source of funds should he post bail, he asked if the judge meant cash or corporate surety. He showed no emotion when Carroll said cash-only.
Both are scheduled for a probable cause hearing on April 15.