Police find man holding snorting straw & drugs unresponsive in Gilford El parking lot

GILFORD — Police charged two Alton residents with a variety of drug possession charges after finding the driver of their car unresponsive in the Elementary School parking lot Saturday morning.

Affidavits obtained in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Shane Mitza, 38, of Mount Major Highway is charged with one count of possession of alprazolam — an anti-anxiety drug — and one count of possession of suboxine. He was held on $5,000 cash bail after his appearance in court yesterday.

Tracy Mitza, 38, of the same address, was charged with one count of possession of alprazolam and one count of marijuana possession. She was released on personal recognizance bail and was given a court day in December.

Police said they responded to a call at the Imagination Station and found Mitza slumped over the wheel with a "snorting straw in his hand and a pill container on his lap."

During the investigation, police said they found a bottle with blue pills and Mitza told them they belonged to his father. Mitza's wife, Tracy, told police they were alprazolam.

In arguing for cash bail in court yesterday, Gilford Prosecutor, Sgt. Eric Bredbury said Mitza is on bail while awaiting trial for in Belknap County Superior Court for sale of narcotics.

He also noted Mitza was in the parking lot of a posted safe school zone and Bredbury said police are still reviewing the video cameras at the school to see if he will face additional charges for driving while after being deemed an habitual offender while in the school parking lot.

Affidavits said Mitza is a habitual offender with prior convictions for forgery in 2008, and a variety of misdemeanor convictions from 2002 until 2007.

Public Defender Kate Geraci asked for personal recognizance bail saying Mitza was the caregiver for his wife and two children and also helps care for his father.

She said he was recommended for Recovery Court. "He wants to get the help that he needs," Geraci said, noting he won't get it if he's locked up in the Belknap County House of Corrections.

She also said he is reporting court ordered supervision and will agree to any additional bail restrictions if freed.

In ordering cash bail, Judge Jim Carroll said he was "significantly aware" of the challenges Mitza faces but that he also has real concerns for his own well being as well as that of the people he cares for.