GILFORD — Police caught a Gilford man and a Laconia woman allegedly shooting heroin in parking lot of Wendy's restaurant on Lake Shore Road (Rte. 11) on Wednesday at 6:51 p.m.
According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, police were called to the parking lot by an employee who reported a suspicious black Subaru. The employee indicated that the occupants might be using drugs.
Once there, they found Joshua A. Fox, 32, of 236 Hoyt Road allegedly injecting Leanne M. Duhamel, 27, of 918 N. Main Street #9 of Laconia with an unknown substance later identified as heroin.
Police said as they approached the car, they saw a female in the passenger seat of the car and a male in the drivers seat who appeared to be leaning over the center console.
As they neared the car, one of the officers allegedly saw Fox with a loaded hypodermic needle in his hand who was about to inject Duhamel, whose coat was off. Her left arm was tied off with a tourniquet and one of the officers heard her "yelp" when he stuck the needle in her arm.
The officers identified themselves and one of them shined a flash light in to the vehicle. Fox allegedly lunged to the passenger side of the car and dropped the needle in what police said was likely an effort to discard the evidence.
Both were detained for their safety. One officer noticed from outside the car the now half-full needle and a spoon with residue in the center console.
During the subsequent investigation, Fox allegedly told police there was more heroin in the car. Police found an M&M package-sized baggy with what Fox said was the additional heroin.
Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee said in a media statement that Duhamel was charged with one count of possession of heroin and was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.
Fox, he said, was charged with one count of possession of narcotics. Because he has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for drug possession in 2014 he was ordered held by Judge Jim Carroll on $2,500 cash-only bail after his video appearance in court yesterday morning on $2,500 cash-only bail. As of 6 p.m. yesterday, electronic records show he is still incarcerated.
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