LACONIA — A man who had pleaded guilty to charges of selling cocaine and crack cocaine from an apartment at 23 Gale Ave., which had a sophisticated surveillance system, has been sentenced to serve 147 months in federal prison.
Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith announced that Roger Perkins, 33, formerly of Methuen, Massachusetts, was sentenced for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base ("crack"), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Perkins pleaded guilty to the charges on July 21 of this year.
Feith said that on March 25, 2014, Laconia Police executed search warrants on Perkins' vehicle and a residence associated with Perkins. Police had set up a surveillance team and observed him coming into town driving a black Acura MDX with Massachusetts plates. The police seized $317 cash, 42 grams of cocaine, 15.25 grams of cocaine base ("crack"), a quantity of psychedelic mushrooms, a small amount of MDMA, and a box containing 100 razor blades from Perkins' vehicle.
The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of four firearms, three of which were loaded. Police also recovered 21 grams of cocaine and 6.87 grams of cocaine base ("crack"), $1,000 cash and two digital scales from inside a safe located in a bedroom closet.
Police said the exterior of the apartment building had a video surveillance system for both the inside and the outside that was attached to iPads and televisions throughout the apartment.
As part of his plea agreement, Perkins admitted that he conspired with Windyanne Plunkett to possess the drugs with the intent to distribute them from the residence. On July 29, 2015, Plunkett appeared before Judge McCafferty and pleaded guilty to the drug conspiracy charge. Plunkett is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 11, 2016.
According to court documents, beginning on or about Jan. 1, 2014, Perkins and Plunkett conspired with others to sell drugs from their residence. When Perkins was away from home, Plunkett handled the transactions.
Perkins was prohibited from possessing firearms as a result of his Dec. 20, 2005, felony conviction in the Belknap County Superior Court of possession of cocaine.
Judge McCafferty sentenced Perkins to 87 months of imprisonment for the drug trafficking and felon in possession charges. Judge McCafferty then imposed an additional mandatory consecutive sentence of 60 months of imprisonment for Perkins' possession of firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking.
Upon release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Perkins will be on supervised release under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for at least five years and as much as life. Should Perkins violate the terms of his supervised release, he could be sentenced to an additional prison term.
The investigation was conducted by the Laconia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Cole Davis is prosecuted the case.
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