Police seize over $250K worth of drugs, numerous guns following NH house fire
SEABROOK — Police seized over $250,000 worth of drugs along with numerous firearms after finding a marijuana growing operation in a house that caught on fire.
Officers responded to a house fire at 256C Lafayette Rd. Monday around 12:30 a.m.
While responders attempted to locate people inside the home, officers discovered a "sophisticated" marijuana growing operation, police said. The attached two-stall garage had been converted into a "growing room," which included an adjoining room used to store chemicals and growing products.
Officers also observed several firearms placed near windows and doors in every room of the home, police said.
The fire department extinguished the fire and located no one inside.
The resident, later identified as Jonah Couturier, 37, allegedly fled the home after calling 911. A state trooper later stopped him in East Kingston and placed him under arrest for possession of a controlled drug - marijuana.
Investigators applied for search warrants for the residence and Couturier's vehicle.
The search resulted in the seizure of more than 70 pounds of marijuana, a quantity of LSD (acid), 90 grams of white powder believed to be heroin/Fentanyl, 262 grams of Psilocybin (psychedelic) mushrooms and marijuana extract - butane honey oil.
Officers also seized numerous firearms including handguns, shotguns, rifles, assault rifles and a sub-machine gun. The firearms were loaded with rounds in the chambers, police said. They also seized a "sophisticated" packaging and labeling system.
The seizure had approximate street values of:
- Marijuana: More than $160,000
- Marijuana Extract (Butane Honey Oil): $80,000
- White powder believed to be Heroin/Fentanyl: $7,500
- Psilocybin (Psychedelic) Mushrooms: $5,600
- LSD (acid): $5,000
- More than $3,200 cash
Additional charges against Couturier are forthcoming as a result of the search warrants.