$100k bail holding man LPD calls 'significant' drug dealer

LACONIA — A man who splits his time between his wife and children in Massachusetts and his girlfriend on Gale Avenue was held on $100,000 cash-only bail after appearing yesterday in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on drug charges.

Roger R. Perkins, Jr. 31, who has listed addresses in both Methuen, Mass and Laconia, is charged with possession of cocaine and crack cocaine with the intent to distribute them. Police estimated he had as much as two ounces of cocaine in various forms inside his glove box.

The Police Department issued a statement indicating it viewed Perkins as "a dealer of significant amounts of illegal drugs in the Laconia area."

Police affidavits filed with the court said that city drug detectives applied for a warrant to search Perkins, his car, and an apartment at 23 Gale Street, including any of its occupants.

Around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, police said a surveillance team saw Perkins, who was alone in the car, enter the city driving a black Acura MDX with Massachusetts license plates. They followed the car to 23 Gale Avenue where they detained Perkins.

Police searched the car and obtained a key to the locked glove box that allegedly contained the cocaine.

They found a second baggie with a glassy substance and white powdery residue yet to be identified.

Once inside the apartment, police found two bags of psilocybin mushrooms, a bag of hashish, numerous drug paraphernalia. They also found two safes they were unable to open and two handguns — one of which was loaded.

Police said the apartment had what they described as a "sophisticated surveillance system with cameras both on the exterior of the building and throughout the interior of the building." The cameras were attached to an iPad and televisions throughout the apartment and were digitally recorded.

In court yesterday, Prosecutor Jim Sawyer asked for high cash bail saying Perkins has convictions for drugs, second-degree assault, and was deemed an habitual offender for driving purposes. He said he hadn't appeared in any New Hampshire Courts since 2008. Sawyer said there was some information from Massachusetts but he hadn't verified all of it yet.

Perkins's public defenders asked for $5,000 cash bail saying he would be hard-pressed to raise that amount. They also said he had family in New Hampshire with whom he would stay and had promised not to leave the state.

The defense also said Perkins supported his wife and children in Massachusetts and was working in an overhead aerial imaging company in the Boston area until it closed in November of 2013 and he became unemployed.

His attorney argued this was the first trouble he had been in since 2008 and was trying to get his life back in order.

Judge Jim Carroll said he agreed with the state's contention that Perkins was a danger to the community and ordered the $100,000 cash bail with a hearing to determine the source of the funds should he be able to post it.

His Laconia girlfriend, Windyanne Plunkett, is also charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug. She was released on personal recognizance bail the day she was arrested.

Affidavits said she described herself to police as Perkins's girlfriend but told police she didn't know he was married. She said she knew he lived in Massachusetts.

Perkins is scheduled for a probable cause hearing in Circuit Court on April 3 at 8:30 a.m.