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Man faces meth charge

NEW IPSWICH — A month-long investigation by state police culminated in the arrest of a New Ipswich man, with police seizing guns and drugs from his residence.

On Monday, state police executed an arrest warrant for Nicholas Perry, 27, of New Ipswich, charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell Methamphetamine, which is a felony charge, according to a press release issued by state police headquarters Monday. During the arrest, which occurred at the residence of Perry’s girlfriend, where he was living at the time, police also seized approximately four ounces of Methamphetamine, along with a 40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, a 45-caliber H&K handgun with a silencer, ammunition, scales, packaging materials and a money counter.

The charges are related to Perry’s alleged agreement to supply an agent of the state with a quantity of Methamphetamine, with the intent to distribute, during the month of November, according to court documents available at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey on Tuesday.

According to Sgt. Jennifer MacKenzie of the N.H. State Police’s Narcotics Investigation Unit, the investigation was a joint case in cooperation with the Manchester Police Department. The charges came after police intercepted a mail parcel addressed to Perry on the Friday prior to his arrest. The parcel contained Methamphetamine.

The amount of drugs recovered made it clear that there was an intent to distribute, said MacKenzie in an interview Wednesday.

“It’s absolutely for distribution,” she said. “I can’t remember the last time we seized that amount of Methamphetamine.”

MacKenzie said that a gram of Methamphetamine would be considered for personal use, and there are 28 grams in an ounce. Four ounces of Methamphetamine is worth a significant amount, said MacKenzie -- anywhere from $14,000 to $18,000.

Police also seized a money counter and weight scales from Perry’s residence, which MacKenzie said was an indication of a larger operation.

“Not many people have money counters,” she said.

Perry was held at the Cheshire County House of Corrections on Monday in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

During his arraignment Tuesday, Perry denied the charges against him.

“It says I agree to supply an agent of the state with Methamphetamine. I never agreed to supply anything. I have conspiracy, intent and agreement [charges]. I did nothing, nothing and nothing, and I’m in handcuffs,” Perry told Judge L. Phillips Runyon, according a recording of the hearing on file at the court.

State Trooper Jeff Tenczar spoke at Perry’s arraignment, recommending that the court maintain Perry’s high cash bail.

“Mr. Perry does not have a criminal record. However, given the seriousness of the charges, in that he is a danger to society, the state asks that the $100,000 cash or surety be continued,” he said.

Runyon ultimately decided to reduce Perry’s bail to $10,000 cash. In the conditions of bail, Perry is required to refrain from possessing firearms, or using any alcohol or narcotics.

Runyon asked where Perry would be staying, if released, and Perry replied that he currently did not have a residence he could return to. If released, he must also contact N.H. State Police once a week to report his whereabouts and place of residence, according to his bail agreement. Perry requested the services of a public defender.

Perry is scheduled to appear in the 8th Circuit Court again Tuesday at 11 a.m. for a probable cause hearing.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172, ext., 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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