MANCHESTER, N.H. — A search for drugs in a Manchester auto repair shop netted more than authorities expected, and five people were arrested in the largest heroin bust in recent state history, police said.
After an eight-month investigation, members of a SWAT team searched the small shop and seized 100 grams of heroin, numerous illegal prescription pills, and just over $4,400 in cash, authorities said.
Then they got lucky. While at the garage, investigators learned that a shipment of drugs was about to arrive from Massachusetts, Police Chief David Mara said. With three suspects in custody and headed to the Police Department, a car arrived, Mara said.
Police searched the car and found an additional 200 grams of heroin, nearly 30 grams of cocaine, and $7,400 in cash. Some of the drugs, Mara said, were stored under the feet of a 6-year-old girl, the daughter of Ismailin Lugo, 22, of Methuen. The girl was taken into the care of child welfare officials.
Lugo and Roberto Adorno, 37, of Lawrence, Mass., were charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and endangering the welfare of a child. Adorno was also charged with resisting arrest after a brief struggle with police as they were arresting him.
Arrested earlier at the garage were Monique Teal, 24, and Jon Larochelle, 35, both of Manchester, and Bradley Tyrell, 49, of Concord.