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Police arrest two in drug bust on Union Street in Wolfeboro

THE CARROLL COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE was in evidence on Union Street in Wolfeboro on Friday, Oct. 22. Officers from the Wolfeboro, Ossipee and Tuftonboro departments arrived at the scene as well as the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
October 28, 2010
WOLFEBORO — Union Street, just off South Main Street next to Town Hall and parallel to Carpenter Elementary School, is quieter these days following the arrests last Friday, Oct. 22, of Richard Michaud and Anthony Meriano. The Carroll County Drug Task Force moved in around 10:15 a.m. that morning with officers from the Carroll County Sheriff's department, and the Wolfeboro, Ossipee and Tuftonboro police departments.

According to Lt. Dean Rondeau of the Wolfeboro Police Department, an arrest team moved into 28 Union St., apartment #5 (home of Michaud) first, and within seconds, officers entered the adjacent 24 Union St. residence of Meriano. As police guarded the perimeter, Wolfeboro animal control officer and canine officer Jim O'Brien muzzled and removed Meriano's dog, well-known to the neighbors for his incessant barking.

O'Brien and his trained German Shepherd Blek did a sweep of both apartments with a back-up officer, followed thereafter by the search team, including a photographer and evidence logger.

Michaud was arrested in his residence. He is being charged with two felony counts for sale of narcotics (one of those counts is for the sale of prescription narcotics), one count of possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of child endangerment. Rondeau says that other charges may be forthcoming.

Michaud is presently being held on $50,000 dollars cash only bail.

Meriano was arrested at around 5 p.m. that same day, upon return from Massachusetts, for a single count of sale of prescription narcotics. He is presently being held on $5,000 dollars cash bail.

Probable cause hearings are scheduled for the two in early Nov. in the District Court for Southern Carroll County, also known as Ossipee District Court.

A neighbor, outside following the first arrest, said that residents had complained to police about the activity between the two houses several months ago, and indicated that though it was frustrating to wait, he was pleased something was finally done.

Rondeau explained that these arrests were the culmination of an investigation that began in July. More arrests are likely as the investigation is still ongoing in the surrounding Wolfeboro area and beyond.

Littleton Chmber
Varney Smith
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