LACONIA — Police arrested a Howard Street man at 8:40 a.m. yesterday and charged him with one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Michael Grenier, 33, of 31B Howard St. was ordered held on $50,000 cash only bail after a brief appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday afternoon.
Grenier's video appearance was short and Laconia Police had not yet completed arrest affidavits for the court and Grenier's defense team. The warrant for the search of Grenier's apartment has been sealed from public view at the request of police.
Grenier's public defender retained the right to argue his bail at a later date, when she will have more information.
In his brief statement to the court, Laconia Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said that police found about 23 grams (.081 ounces) of heroin during the search of his apartment. He also said Grenier was on parole but declined to say why. Laconia Police and members of the state probation and parole department also declined to answer any additional questions.
A city detective and two officers from the N.H. Department of Probation and Parole attended the hearing in the event they were needed to support the prosecution's request for high cash bail.
Judge Jim Carroll said he had read the search warrant affidavit and had enough information from it to hold Grenier on $50,000 cash bail without hearing the state's position.
Information obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court and the courts call center indicate Grenier is a conviction habitual (traffic violation) offender and was sentenced to the N.H. State Prison in 2013.
In 2005, according to records at the Belknap County Superior Court, Grenier was convicted of disobeying a police officer, driving while intoxicated, arson, and being convicted of driving after being deemed a habitual offender.
More recently, the Eagle Tribune wrote on January 23 that Grenier and Jennifer Flynt, 30, of 31B Howard St. in Laconia were arrested in December by Lawrence, Mass. police, who said they came to the city to purchase heroin.
Along with Agustin Carcano and Wayne Bello of Manchester, N.H. all four were charged for trafficking in more than 100 grams of heroin. A spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney told The Eagle Tribune the charges against Grenier and Flynt were dismissed.
Neighbors along the usually quiet street that runs parallel to Church Street said yesterday afternoon that they believed different branches of a single family live in the robin's egg blue house at 31 Howard St.
A neighborhood man, who works second shift, said a marked police car and two unmarked cars were in front of the home for about four or five hours yesterday morning and that police kept coming and going from the home.
A probable cause hearing in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Divison will be scheduled within the next two weeks.
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