By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Meredith man is being held on $50,000 cash or corporate surety bail after being arrested for several counts of sales of heroin during a week-long selling spree in early August.
Michael J. Veinot, 43, of 119 Livingston Road was arrested early Monday morning at his home by the members of the state Drug Task Force and the Meredith Police.
He faces three separate counts of selling at least four grams of heroin to a cooperating individual who was working with the drug task force and one charge of conspiracy to sell heroin.
Affidavits obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court said the task force began its investigation of Veinot on July 27.
The cooperating individual knew Veinot and his wife and told police he/she met the couple through a mutual friend. He/she said they initially purchased a few 30 mg oxycodone pills from them.
Two months later, the individual randomly came across Veinot and his wife and was told by Veinot that he was looking for someone who could sell larger quantities of heroin for him.
With that information in hand, members of the task force arranged for four purchases of heroin, three of which were for amounts greater than four grams. One transaction was allegedly conducted by Veinot's wife but, to date, she has not been charged.
In court Tuesday, Belknap County Prosecutor R.J. Meurin asked for $50,000 cash-only bail, telling the court that Veinot had prior convictions in New Hampshire for felony criminal threatening and burglary in 2010 and 2011 as well as some minor drug convictions in 2006 in New York.
He said he considered Veinot a flight risk because of his New York connections.
Meurin added that Veinot presents a danger to the community in that at least three of the four sales were of relatively large amount of heroin and that it was clear he was making money from these sales. He also requested a source-of-funds hearing to determine that, if Veinot posted bail, the money didn't come from illegal activity.
Veinot's attorney Sheldon "Steve" Mirkin said his client is sick and needs to be in rehabilitation. He asked for $100,000 personal recognizance bail and $1,000 cash with the stipulation that Veinot's bail be reduced to personal recognizance provided he gets into a secure rehab facility.
During a brief recess, called so Mirkin could get the criminal record for his client from the prosecution, Veinot spent most of his time with his head down on the defendant's table.
Mirkin said Veinot works full time, has medical insurance and is the sole support of his 9-year-old child.
Presiding Justice Jame's O'Neill ordered $50,000 cash or corporate surety bail. Should Veinot post bail, additional conditions are a source-of-funds hearing, an order that he not leave New Hampshire, that he sign a waiver of extradition, and that he report to the Belknap County Restorative Justice team for bail supervision and random drug and alcohol screening.
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