Laconia woman charged with intent to distribute heroin after her teenage son detained for possession

LACONIA — Police charged a local woman Tuesday afternoon with one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and one count of possession of heroin after a city detective detained her minor son on a warrant and found four baggies of heroin and cash on him.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered Carrie M. Conway, 34, of 19 Bay St. held on $15,000 cash-only bail after her video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

According to police affidavits obtained from the court, after police found the four small bags of heroin and $624 in cash on Conway's son, they obtained and executed a search warrant at Conway's home.

Police said they found Conway and her boyfriend, Jeremy Barton, 42, also of 19 Bay Street in bed and detained them both. Barton was charged with one count of possession of heroin.

During the search, police found a vial containing heroin and two baggies containing methamphetamine in a dresser drawer. Affidavits also said police found empty baggies, needles and a digital scale, which Conway allegedly admitted were hers.

She told them there was heroin in her purse and police reported finding two baggies there as well as another vial of heroin, 10 more baggies of heroin, and a tin containing five pills — two methadone and three oxycodone — in a locked combination safe under the bed. Conway also allegedly told police they were hers.

Prosecutor Jim Sawyer successfully argued for $15,000 cash bail, saying Conway was a danger to the community and had a criminal record dating back to 1998.

Conway's attorney said she should be freed on personal recognizance bail or at the most $500 in cash because she could loose her apartment and the potential to start working next week picking blueberries.

Carroll agreed she should be held on $15,000 cash, ordered the name of her minor child be redacted from the affidavits, and ordered she have no contact with Barton.

Barton appeared yesterday afternoon in Belknap County Superior Court where he had been scheduled to plead guilty and be sentenced to one count of possession of methamphetamine for a charged that allegedly occurred on September 14, 2012.

He withdrew his plea yesterday, choosing instead to go to trial.