Two men charged with drug distribution felonies
WEST LEBANON, NH - Two men who were arrested during a raid near the base of Seminary Hill on Friday the Thirteenth are now facing a slate of felony charges relating to their alleged drug dealing enterprise.
Kristian Karumba, 28, of Elm Street West has been charged with four felony counts of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute and police say he could be facing additional charges or charge enhancements for being in possession of a firearm while allegedly selling drugs. Karumba has since been released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.
Jordan Boucher, 22, of Central Street in Newport, New Hampshire was also arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute. Boucher was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.
Both men are scheduled to answer the charges in the Grafton County Superior Court on April 30th.
The search warrant at Karumba's residence was executed by members of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and officers from Lebanon Police Department "based upon an ongoing drug investigation."
Police said that during the search officers located "multiple" gallon-sized bags and large jars full of marijuana along with a large brick of “hash” and a large jar of “honey butane oil.”
Investigators also seized homemade THC-infused gummy bears and THC-infused gummy worms that they said appeared to be packaged for retail sale.
THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that produces the "high" effect for users but when put into "edibles" such as candy or baked goods, like brownies and cookies, it can be delivered in much more concentrated amounts than would ordinarily be present in a smokeable "joint." Nationally police have reported finding up to 95% pure concentrations of THC in things like "vape juice" which is meant to be smoked in electronic cigarette vaporizers.
Lebanon Police said this week that Friday's raid resulted in the seizure of a .380 semiautomatic handgun, $5,000 in cash, and marijuana and marijuana products with a street value of approximately $10,000.
Kristian Karumba, 28, of West Lebanon faces four felony drug dealing charges
Jordan Boucher, 22, of Newport, New Hampshire is charged with dealing marijuana
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