June 1 2016
Grand Jury Indicts Three Men for Allegedly Cooking Meth in Burlington Hotel
By: Rich Hosford
A grand jury has indicted three men on charges of producing Methamphetamine (meth) in a Burlington hotel last year.
Middlesex District Attorney Marion Ryan’s office said the following charges were brought:
Dustin Beliveau, 32, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was charged with trafficking over 200 grams of methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.
Tony Pickard, 53, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was charged with trafficking over 200 grams of methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.
Eric Sowmick, 25, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was charged with possession of a Class B substance and conspiracy to violation the drug laws.
On Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, Burlington Police, acting on a tip from hotel employees, executed a search warrant on a room at the Sonesta ES Suites hotel on Old Concord Road, a release from Chief Michael Kent states. They were assisted by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration New England Clandestine Lab Team, as the hotel employees told police they believed that a guest was manufacturing Methamphetamine in their room and acting strangely. The employees also noticed several other people coming and going from the room during the day.
An employee told police that one of the suspects, later identified as Beliveau, was wearing an ankle bracelet on his leg.
The employee also observed Beliveau walking into the hotel carrying a container of Acetone or paint thinner and that there was a foul odor coming from the room. Another employee saw Beliveau wearing a gas mask.
Beliveau is a career drug offender with five currently open cases for trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Heroin, carrying a dangerous weapon, and other offenses, the police release stated.
Because of the inherent danger associated with possible methamphetamine lab, the Burlington Fire Department and Chief Steve Yetman were asked to respond to the location and to stand by as a safety precaution. The hotel's other guestrooms were evacuated as well.
After conducting surveillance and investigating the situation, police received a search warrant and executed the warrant on the room.
A large quantity of Methamphetamine was found inside, and plastic bags were found covering the smoke detectors in the room.