Gilford business owner indicted by grand jury, charged with meth making

GILFORD — A Country Club Road business owner was indicted by a Belknap County grand jury yesterday for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana.

Steven Simoneau, 56, of 194 County Club Road was arrested and charged on May 30 after the Belknap County Sheriff's Department along with the the N.H. Drug Enforcement Administration's Clandestine Lab Team during a raid on his property.

Affidavits from the time of his arrest and supporting the state's request for cash bail said Simoneau's arrest stemmed from an earlier methamphetamine bust on Academy Street in Laconia during the previous week but the details of the connection are in search warrant affidavits that were sealed by Judge Jim Carroll during his original appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

According to the affidavit supporting the state's request for cash bail, Simoneau was allegedly trying to burn evidence of a meth-making operation in a fire pit on his property behind the house he shared with his elderly mother.

Yesterday's indictments indicated that police recovered lithium and pseudo-ephedrine on Simoneau's property.

The property is the site of the Simoneau and Sons Concrete business.

In the week before the raid at Simoneau's house, a sheriff's deputy who was watching an apartment at 21 Academy St. saw a man, later identified as Joel Paquette, riding his bicycle away from the apartment about an hour after he had gotten there.

The deputy approached Paquette who agreed to be interviewed. Paquette said Deputy E. Justin Blanchette could examine the water bottle he had on his bicycle and Blanchette allegedly found oxycodone pills and Valium pills.

After he arrested Paquette, Blanchette went to return his bicycle to the apartment (at Paquette's request) and Donald Doucet,40, opened the door and told Blanchette that Paquette's girlfriend was inside. Blanchette entered the living room and saw materials commonly used in methamphetamine production lying in plain sight on the couch. He also saw a mirror and straw on the floor.

Both Doucet and Christy Jarrell, 26, were arrested.

All three are in the Belknap County House of Corrections awaiting trial for various counts of possession of narcotics and meth-making.

After his arrest, Simoneau was initially held on $5,000 cash bail. After his appearance in court on a Friday, Carroll ordered him held on $2,000 cash-only bail but allowed him to go home for the weekend to care for his elderly mother.

Simoneau posted the $2,000 cash on Monday.