Sep 26, 2015 10:02 AM
Government moves to seize assets of couple allegedly involved in drug trade
MANCHESTER - A Manchester couple who allegedly ran a drug operation from their home may have their assets seized - almost $1 million worth - by the federal government.
According to the Union Leader, the operation came to light after the woman, Jeanette A. Hardy, 24, 129 Winter St., Apt. 2., was shot in the hand during an attempted home invasion in June.
While Hardy was in the hospital, police asked for access to the apartment to get video surveillance footage. Police say both she and her husband, Zakee Stuart-Holt, who was in prison on an unrelated charge, agreed to let them go into the apartment to get a hard drive containing the footage.
There police recovered what they thought was two kilograms of heroin, but later turnout out to be fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more powerful than heroin.
Court documents indicate Hardy first denied any involvement with drugs but then said she had been dealing drugs for four to six months. She said there was another person involved but would not give his name and denied that it was Stuart-Holt.
Further investigation led to the arrest of two Massachusetts men, out of Haverhill and Lawrence, and the confiscation of 22 kilograms of heroin — more than 48 pounds — with a street value of $2.2 million.
Hardy was indicted in federal court on July 29 on one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Prosecutors are hoping to claim $198,542 that police recovered from the apartment and $560,050 they found in a safe deposit box held in the name of Zakee Stuart-Holt.
Police also seized two cars, a 2008 Audi A6 sedan and a blue 2007 Land Rover Range Rover, which they want Hardy to forfeit. And the government wants to take another $7,300 that was found in a Manchester storage unit belonging to Hardy.