January 15, 2018LANCASTER – After the Berlin Police Chief's daughter was arrested just shy of Christmas, she appeared in Coös County Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 8 and pleaded not guilty of charges that she allegedly possessed and distributed an undisclosed amount of the opioid fentanyl.
Christina Morency, 31, of Berlin, was arrested on Dec. 20 at her residence on upper Main Street after being investigated. She was later released on $5,000 bail. It was reported initially that she was charged with possessing and distributing heroin. However, according to Coös County Superior Court documents, she was actually charged with possessing and distributing the prescription drug, fentanyl, which is a stronger, synthetic opiate known for causing many deaths of addicts and sometimes mixed in with heroin making strands even stronger.
There hasn't been any official press release regarding the details of Morency's arrest. The New Hampshire Attorney General's office and the State Police Narcotics and Investigations unit initiated the arrest due to a conflict of interest because she is the daughter of Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency. Berlin officers were not able to comment on the investigation and the NIU did not return phone calls to elaborate.
Allegedly, between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10 of last year, the accused Morency sold a certain amount of fentanyl to an informant who was working with the state police.
The chief's daughter was represented by New Hampshire Public Defender Attorney Chad Wellins. Morency waived arraignment and plead not guilty. She was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.
She was ordered to continue living in Berlin and to not use drugs or drink excessively. She was also required to waive extradition.
The initial report stated that she was being charged with Class A felony. However, it has been reported now that she is being charged with two Class B felonies. The charges carry up to seven years in prison.
Chief Morency, who was kept unaware of the investigation, worked undercover for the New Hampshire Drug Task Force for 10 years. He said he was "devastated" and shocked by the news.