Church Street man gets year in prison for meth making

LACONIA – A local man has been sentenced to one to four years in the New Hampshire State Prison for manufacturing methamphetamine in his Church Street apartment in September of 2012.
Richard Holmes, 34, formerly of 108 Church St. Apt. 3 pleaded guilty in Belknap County Superior Court on April 15 to one count of felony manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of attempted falsifying of evidence.
For the attempt to falsify physical evidence, he was given a two-to-five year sentence that was suspended pending his good behavior.
Holmes was also fined $350 and ordered to complete a substance abuse program.
In affidavits obtained at the time of his arrest from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, police interviewed Bruce Simmons after getting footage of him and Holmes buying pseudo-ephedrine – the active ingredient in methamphetamine – as well as two other key ingredients in WalMart. Simmons had been arrested on a federal warrant.
Local police checked the pseudo-ephedrine logs for both men and learned they had bought cold medicine six times at various stores during the first week of August 2012.
Simmons said he was only buying the ingredients for Holmes and when police went to Holmes apartment, they learned from his girlfriend that Holmes had just called her and told her to get rid of a box that contained the equipment for making methamphetamine.
In the affidavits, detectives said the woman became upset and retrieved the box that he had told her to destroy. She also gave police permission to search the car the two shared.
After getting a warrant, police seized the box and searched the rest of the apartment where they found a gas generator and a one-pot meth lab.