By Daymond Steer
OSSIPEE — A masked undercover New Hampshire state trooper appeared in Carroll County Superior Court on Thursday to outline the case against an Effingham man and an Ossipee woman accused of being a part of a drug deal that led to the death of a 22-year-old Tuftonboro man.
Andrew Garland, 21, of Effingham and Melissa Ford, 27, of Ossipee were in Carroll County Superior Court on Thursday. Both have been indicted on charges connected to the overdose death of 22-year-old Joshua Fournier of Tuftonboro.
It's alleged that Garland sold a combination of fentanyl and heroin to Ford, who then sold the drugs to Fournier.
Garland appeared in court first. He pleaded not guilty to the charges of sale of controlled drug, death resulting; sale of fentanyl/heroin; possession of fentanyl/heroin with intent to distribute; and possession of marijuana.
Garland and Ford were prosecuted by Benjamin Agati and Danielle Horgan of the state Attorney General's Office. They asked Superior Court Judge Amy Ignatius to hold Garland without bail as he is facing a charge of selling drugs that led to a death, which carries a potential life sentence.
Ignatius agreed and denied bail.
Ford's bail hearing was quick because Agati and Horgan and her defense attorney, Joe Garrison, agreed she could be held on $100,000 and standard bail conditions could apply. Ford was charged with sale of controlled drug, death resulting, and sale of controlled drugs. She pleaded not guilty to her charges.
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