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Morency receives suspended sentence

May 30, 2018
LANCASTER — According to court documents, Christina Morency, 31, of Berlin, the daughter of Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency, changed her plea to guilty for a charge of possession of the controlled drug fentanyl under an agreement. The plea agreement lowered the charges from felonies to a misdemeanor.

According to information shared with us by the Berlin Daily Sun, Morency received a one year suspended jail sentence, which can be obligatory for a period of up to five years. She was also placed on probation for two years. She was ordered to continue counseling, treatment and educational programs. She was fined $930, with $600 suspended for five years. She was also ordered to pay $200 in restitution.

Two Class A felonies for charges of possession of drugs with intent to sell were nolle-prossed under the plea agreement.

After Morency was arrested just before Christmas, she appeared in Cos County Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 8 and pled not guilty of charges that she allegedly possessed and distributed an undisclosed amount of the opioid fentanyl.

Morency was arrested on Dec. 20 at her residence on upper Main Street after being investigated. She was later released on $5,000 bail. It was reported initially that she was charged with possessing and distributing heroin. However, according to Cos County Superior Court documents, she was actually charged with possessing and distributing the prescription drug, fentanyl, which is a stronger, synthetic opiate known for causing many deaths of addicts and sometimes mixed in with heroin making strands even stronger.

Allegedly, between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10 of last year, Morency sold a certain amount of fentanyl to an informant who was working with the state police.

Morency waived arraignment and pled not guilty. She was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail. She was ordered to continue living in Berlin, and to not use drugs or drink excessively. She was also required to waive extradition.

The initial report stated that she was being charged with Class A felony. However, it was later reported now that she was charged with two Class B felonies. The charges carry up to seven years in prison.

Chief Morency, who was kept unaware of the investigation, worked undercover for the New Hampshire Drug Task Force for 10 years. He said at the time of Morency's arrest that he was "devastated" and shocked by the news.

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