Christina Morency, 24, of Berlin, was arrested on Dec. 20 for possession of heroin with intent to distribute. She is the daughter of Berlin police Chief Peter Morency. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
January 11, 2018BERLIN – The daughter of Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency has been arrested on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.
The story quickly hit the news and spread like wildfire on the recent arrest of Christina Morency, 24, of Main Street, Berlin, who is the daughter of the Berlin police chief. However, hard facts about the arrest and investigation have been hard to come by, as there had been no communication from the state agencies handling the case as of our press deadline for this week's edition.
Morency has been fighting the good fight against illegal drugs for most of his long career and is trained to see the signs, however, according to some press, he claims that he was shocked about his daughter.
The Chhief has reportedly said that he and his wife are very saddened, yet relieved that their daughter is still alive, and that the family intends to help his daughter get proper treatment for her addiction.
Due to the Berlin Police Department's obvious conflict of interest, the case was turned over to the Attorney General's Drug Task Force and to the New Hampshire State Police NI unit. Berlin police Deputy Chief Dan Buteau said that Morency knew nothing of the case until he was informed just before his daughter's arrest.
What is known about the case so far is that that State Police arrested Morency on Dec. 20 on a warrant issued from the Berlin Police Department and seized an undisclosed amount of heroin. Morency is charged with possession of heroin with an intent to distribute, both Class A Felonies. She could face up to seven years in jail.
She was released on $5,000 bail and is awaiting an arraignment scheduled for Jan. 8 at Coos Superior Court in Lancaster.
Officers Dan Buteau and Jeff Lemoine of the Berlin Police Department, as well as officers Chris Roblee and Christopher Hughes of the New Hampshire State Police NI unit, were all not available for comment. Roblee told the press recently that the reason an official statement had not been previously released is because the investigation was ongoing, and releasing the information early on to the public could jeopardize it.
As of Monday, Jan. 8, no official statement from NIB unit has been released.
Morency has a few minor convictions from her past. In 2004, she was fined for transportation of alcohol; in 2009, she was indicted for receiving stolen property; and in 2010, she was fined for criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit. An additional charge of willful concealment was nolle-prossed.