By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — City police arrested two people who share a Pine Street apartment for multiple counts of drug possession and sales charges Thursday afternoon.
Nathan Barros, 27, of 41 Pine St. #5 is charged with one Class B felony of possession of heroin, one Class A felony for possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and one Class B felony of sales of heroin that allegedly took place on Jan. 6 in Laconia.
Cirsten McKim, 40, of 41 Pine St. #5 is charged with one Class A felony of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, one Class B felony of possession of heroin, and one Class B felony of sales of heroin that allegedly took place on Feb. 12 on Pine Street in Laconia.
Both are being held on $10,000 cash bail and both must undergo a source of funds hearing if bail is posted.
Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said that both McKim and Barros had allegedly sold heroin on different dates to confidential informant[s] enabling police to obtain arrest warrants issued yesterday for both of them.
During the day, drug detectives got information that Barros would be leaving the apartment at a certain time to allegedly make a drug deal. While monitoring the apartment before the arrests, affidavits said they saw "several visitors" who went to the apartment for a short period of time and then left.
The detectives also saw Barros leave the apartment, where he was followed by an unmarked police car who radioed to a marked cruiser to apprehend him, which occurred without incident.
Police knocked and identified themselves and were let into the apartment by McKim. While there, they identified a local man who they knew from previous investigations into drug activity. He was detained for a short period of time and released.
Affidavits said McKim told them she understood her rights and that the drugs they found in the apartment were "both of ours." She allegedly admitted to selling drugs from the apartment. Affidavits said the street value of the methamphetamine was about $900 and it was packaged for sale.
In court yesterday, Detective Prosecutor Tony Horan said, as part of his high cash bail argument for Barros, that while detectives were in the apartment, two additional people came to the apartment and admitted to police they were there to buy drugs.
Horan said the level of traffic in and out of the apartment, coupled with the actual charges and factoring in the current drug epidemic, made Barros and McKim a danger to society.
Barros, who was defended at his arraignment Friday by a Laconia public defender, said where the drugs were found was not specific enough to charge his client with possession with intent to sell or for possession. He argued that probable cause for those two charges hadn't been met and Barros should be released on personal recognizance bail.
He said Barros was born and raised in Gilford, has a lot of family in the area and had earned a college degree, so he is not a danger or a flight risk.
Judge Jim Carroll said that for bail purposes there is probable cause and that Barros is a danger because of the nature of the charges. He noted there would be an opportunity for him to have a probable cause hearing for the charges themselves in the next couple of weeks.
McKim was not represented by a lawyer Friday because the public defenders office cannot represent co-defendents due to potential conflicts of interest. The court will appoint a lawyer for her and she will reappear as soon as possible for a bail hearing.
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