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Drug charges re heroin filed against police chief's daughter

The opioid epidemic has been uniformly destructive throughout the states, including in New Hampshire. It afflicts its victims indiscriminately, striking at all strata of society. Sometimes, people in law enforcement also suffer personal loss and trauma from the epidemic. For example, authorities recently arrested the daughter of the Berlin Police Chief on drug charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

The Chief, Peter Morency, is a veteran of the war on drugs, and has been engaged in that crusade for decades. Morency reportedly was shocked to find out that his 24-year-old daughter was linked to heavy drugs. The family reportedly is committed to helping the daughter get treatment for her drug addiction, according to a Berlin Police spokesperson.

It appears from reports that the case may have come to the Berlin Police Department for investigation, but that department turned it over to the Attorney General's Drug Task Force and the New Hampshire State Police. The chief did not learn of the arrest until shortly before it occurred. The suspect is arrested on possession charges and separately on a charge of intent to distribute. These are felonies that could expose her to a sentence up to seven years in prison.

The details of the drug charges, such as the quantities of drugs and the circumstances of the seizure, have not been released due to an ongoing investigation, according to police. The indication by the family that she will be treated for her drug addiction gives a hint that the defense to the charges will be that the defendant is a drug user and addict who needs intensive rehabilitation services. She may be expected to be enrolled in a program prior to coming before the court for sentencing. Under that kind of strategy, the courts in New Hampshire are often inclined to enter sentences that downplay incarceration and stress the need for residential rehabilitation.

Source: newhampshirelakesandmountains.com, "Police Chief's daughter arrested for heroin possession", Jody Houle, Jan. 11, 2018

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