Anonymous Tip Leads to 600 Bags of Fentanyl in Lebanon

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Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella and Lebanon Police Chief Phillip J. Roberts announce that the Lebanon Police Department, in coordination with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, has conducted a successful drug surveillance operation at 9 High Street, Apt. 303 in Lebanon, New Hampshire after anonymous complaints of possible drug activity.

During the May 23, 2024, operation, a vehicle observed leaving the residence was stopped for a traffic violation. The individuals inside: Shannon Barry, age 36, of Turnbridge, Vermont, Kaleb McCullough, age 44, of Chelsea, Vermont, and Samuel Snelling, age 37, of White River Junction, Vermont, were arrested for possession of fentanyl and crack cocaine.

Information obtained during the vehicle stop led to a warrant being issued and search of the residence. Cynthia Waugh, age 60, of Lebanon, and Jose Baret, age 32, of Hartford, Connecticut, were detained in the residence. While executing the search, officers say Baret attempted to destroy drug evidence, but investigators were able to recover it.

Investigators recovered approximately 600 bags of fentanyl, 50 suboxone strips, a large sum of United States Currency, and paraphernalia consistent with drug distribution from the residence.

“We commend our law enforcement partners at the Lebanon Police Department for coordinating with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and conducting this important operation. We applaud the dedication and vigilance of Lebanon Police for responding to community complaints and diligently investigating them,” said Attorney General Formella.

McCullough and Barry were each charged with two Class B Felonies for Possession of Controlled Drugs (Fentanyl and Cocaine). Snelling was charged with Transporting Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, a Class B Misdemeanor. Waugh was charged with Sale of Controlled Drugs, a Class B Felony, Possession of a Controlled Drug with Intent to Sell (Fentanyl), a Class A Felony, and Control of Premises with Drugs are Kept, a Class A Misdemeanor. Baret was charged with Possession of Controlled Drugs with Intent to Sell (Fentanyl), a Class A Felony, Possession of Controlled Drug with Intent to Sell (Buprenorphine) and Falsifying Physical Evidence, both Class B Felonies.

Kelly Blankenship, age 45, of Lebanon, arrived at the residence while officers were conducting their search. She was found to have a felony level theft warrant issued by the Grafton County Sheriff’s Office and was arrested.

The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and all subjects identified in this operation are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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