LACONIA — Police charged 13 people with various counts of sales of illegal drugs in a second annual round-up staged yesterday morning.
Capt. Bill Clary, who heads the city Bureau of Criminal Investigations or detective bureau said four detectives, four patrol officers, himself and Lt. Al Lessard got warrants and simultaneously arrested eight people in eight separate addresses early Thursday morning.
A ninth alleged drug dealer was taken into custody by Gilford Police and handed over to the Laconia Police. Four of those charged yesterday are already in the Belknap County House of Corrections.
He said most if not all of yesterday's arrests are for alleged drug sales that occurred over the past nine months. He said most of those arrested had no idea what was happening because it was something they had allegedly done months or weeks ago.
"They were all completely dumbfounded and flabbergasted," said Clary, who noted that the surprise raids are deliberately timed to occur around 6 a.m. or just after dawn.
"I'm happy with the way it turned out," Clary said. "Nobody got hurt."
This is the second drug arrest sweep in the city in less than a year. In February, city police working with other area police departments rounded up 13 different people in four different communities charging them all with a variety of drug sales.
Clary said that it's been 18 months since the Laconia City Council added a police officer position to the department for the sole purpose of investigating and curtailing drug activity in the city.
"We want it to be very clear that this kind of action (drug dealing) isn't going to be tolerated," Clary said.
He said the sales charges against each person involved a variety of drugs ranging from marijuana to cocaine, heroin, and oxycodone.
Charged this morning were Melissa M. Sylvia, 34, of 31 Merrimac St. — four counts of sales of narcotics; Joshua E. Shoemaker, 35, of 54 A Spring Street — two counts of sales of narcotics; Sheila Berube, 45, of 1 Gilford Place #219 — two counts of sales of narcotics; John Woodbury, 19, of 44 Taylor St. — one count of sale of narcotics; Ryan Sheedy, 32, of 177 Gold St. — one count of possession of narcotics; Paul A. Young, 46, of 18 Fair St. — two counts of sales of narcotics; Joshua Burley, 26, two counts of sales of narcotics; Tyler Olisky, 17, of 11 Clay St — resisting arrest and sales of controlled drug; David Paul Jr., 29, of 45 Fair St. #1 — one count of possession of narcotics; Nicholas Murray, 25, of the Belknap County House of Corrections — one count of sales of a narcotic; Joseph Desbien, 41, of the Belknap County HOC — one count of sales of a narcotic; Joseph Morrissette, 24, of the Belknap County HOC — one count of sales of narcotics; and Albert Rama, 29, of the Belknap County HOC — one count of sales of narcotics.