GILFORD — The routine traffic stop of a Gilford man suspected of driving while intoxicated led to multiple drug offenses against the driver, including one of possession of nearly 1,000 oxycodone pills with the intent to distribute them.
Ryan Geraci, 31, of 272 Sagamore Road is charged with one felony count possession of narcotics with the intent to sell, possession of oxycodone, and possession of methamphetamine.
Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Belnap County Deputy Sheriff E. Justin Blanchette saw a car being driven by Geraci cross the double yellow line on Rte. 11-B (Weirs Road) three times and cross the fog line four times.
Blanchette made the traffic stop near Kimball Road and said when he spoke to Geraci he had "slow speech" and his "voice was trembling." Geraci willingly stepped out of the car.
Affidavits said Blanchette saw bulges in both of his front pickets and square items in his back pocket. He also saw a pill crusher and three cell phones on the front seat of his car and the top of a glass pipe he recognized to be the type used in methamphetaimine usage in one of Geraci's pants pockets. Affidavits said Geraci had white powder around his right nostril.
Blanchette said he pretended not to see the top of the glass pipe and asked Geraci if he would consent to being searched, said affidavits.
Geraci said "no" and affidavits Blanchette retrieved the glass pipe and placed him under arrest.
During the initial search, he found 73 oxycodone pills, a metallic pipe with white residue and a $2,719 in cash. During an inventory search of the car, affidavits said Blanchette found a methamphetamine pipe in the center console and stopped searching the car.
He said he impounded it and got a search warrant. During the search of the car police found methamphetamine, 800 30-milligrams pills of oxycodone, 50 15-milligram pills of oxycodone, 75 more 15-milligram pills of oxycodone, and a .38 caliber handgun.
Affidavits said Geraci has convictions for conduct after an accident and criminal mischief.
With his father in the courtroom, Geraci appeared by video arraignment wearing sunglasses. He said little and appeared to stare straight into the camera moving only to yawn.
Judge Jim Carroll said he would try to make the hearing go quickly because the court "wouldn't want to keep him up."
Sheriff's Department Prosecutor Deputy James McIntire argued for $25,000 cash saying Geraci possessed items that were representative of drug enterprise activity and they included a loaded handgun. He also successfully argued for a source of funds hearing if Geraci posts bail.
He was represented by Jared Berdick of the Sisti Law Offices who argued there was no reason Geraci wouldn't appear in court and asked for $2,000 to $3,000 cash and bail conditions. He argued Geraci was "no danger to society."
He said Geraci's father had agreed to take all of the guns out of his Sagamore Road home and lock them elsewhere and in a place where his son couldn't access them.
After finding probable cause for all of the charges except one count of possession of marijuana, Carroll told Geraci that that he was a "supreme danger to society" and he feared he had reason to flee.
Sheriff Craig Wiggin praised Blanchette saying that, "Given the volume of narcotics and cash, this was a significant arrest, one which will help put a dent in illegal drug activity here in the Lakes Region. This was an outstanding arrest by an alert deputy."