UPDATE: Major Lebanon drug operation busted after bullet goes through ceiling into home
LEBANON - When a Lebanon woman woke up to find a bullet hole through her ceiling, police determined the shot came from her upstairs neighbors. Further investigation with the tenants above her lead officers to a major drug bust.
“The drug problem that we are dealing with now, knows no boundaries,” said Richard Mello, chief of the Lebanon Police Department.
Police seized guns and drugs from Ryan Dionne and Shaun Carey's apartment, and both men appeared in court on Thursday. Dionne is being held on $25,000 personal recognizance bail, and a $5,000 cash or surety bail. Carey is being held for the same bail, however his cash or surety is $1,500.
Both suspects will appear in court on Wednesday for probable cause hearings. The nature of the arrest has generated buzz around the town.
“I was like where did it come from,” said Delina Nichols, who found the bullet. “It just startled me because I had no idea where it came from.”
Nichols was house-sitting for her sister when she woke up to discover the bullet hole.
“She could [have] got hurt or him or anybody,” said Nichols in reference to what could of happened if her sister was home.
The bullet shot straight down from the apartment upstairs and got lodged in the dining room floor, just feet away from the family pet’s cage.
“It certainly could have killed the person from the first floor apartment,” Mello said.
Police found a variety of drugs including PCP, LSD, bath salts, hashish and marijuana after obtaining a search warrant.
“Well I was kind of shocked to see that one," Nichols said. "I couldn’t believe it and I was like, ‘oh my god.’”
It was definitely a major bust, according to the police.
“There is a significant drug operation going on in that apartment," Mello said.
Still in shock after seeing the photos of what was seized, Nichols said, “I just never imagined. I never would have thought of that of those people.”
Mello told NH1 News that too many people think that large drug distribution operations only happen in the southern half of the state, but he reiterated that the state’s growing epidemic is no stranger to the Upper Valley.