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Concord couple accused of dealing drugs, again, hours after leaving jail

Jessica Hanright, 32.

Jessica Hanright, 32.

Shane Plummer, 29.

Shane Plummer, 29.

A Concord couple suspected of dealing drugs earlier this year has returned to jail three weeks after they were released on bail, because, according to authorities, they lapsed back into the habit within hours of being freed.

Shane Plummer and Jessica Hanright, both of 175 Loudon Road, were arrested Wednesday and arraigned separately yesterday in Concord’s district court. Plummer, 29, has been charged with four felony counts of sale of a controlled drug – heroin. Hanright, 32, has been charged with two felonies, one of sale of a controlled drug and another of criminal liability, as well as three misdemeanors of endangering the welfare of a child. Officials said her 5-year-old child was present during three alleged drug deals.

Both face additional charges of having breached the conditions of their bail, the police said.

Assistant City Prosecutor Steven Endres said during their arraignments that the couple returned to selling heroin and marijuana Oct. 10, the same day they had each been released on $50,000 personal recognizance bail on their prior drug charges, which date back to April and June. They had been arrested the day before on those charges.

Endres said Plummer sold the heroin and Hanright weighed out the marijuana for him to deal. They participated in multiple other deals, the police said. Plummer also failed two drug tests since posting bail, Endres noted.

Plummer has a lengthy criminal record, Endres said, which includes two felony convictions from 2007, two simple assault convictions, one conviction of resisting arrest and one conviction of burglary in 2005.

“However, the state’s real concern is that this is an individual who was released on personal recognizance bail, sent with supervision to Merrimack County pretrial services and that same evening continued to sell heroin,” he said. “Based on that, the state has some extreme concerns that he is a danger to the community and that there is nothing else the court can do but hold him in order to prevent him from selling heroin.”

Plummer’s bail was set at $100,000 cash. Hanright, who Endres said has a minimal criminal record, was held on $50,000 cash bail. They are prohibited from physically contacting one another. Both are being held at the Merrimack County jail.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

Now who is going to run their business, until they get released? Personal recognizance bail for drugs, is a joke.

Most people accused of drug crimes and released on Personal Recognizance bail do not re-offend, especially if the bail orders require immediate evaluation and treatment. A generalized policy against Personal Recognizance bail for drug offenders would keep innocent people in jail (yes, some are indeed innocent); and keep people in jail who are amenable to treatment. Not a good plan for them or for the rest of us.

Well, it might not be a good plan for them, but for the rest of us, it is.

Based on experience in my (much) younger days... most people lost their jobs when they got arrested for drugs. And they now had an expensive lawyer to pay. So they had more motivation than ever to do the highest paying thing they knew how to do--sell drugs. Almost everyone I knew who got arrested was selling drugs to pay their court and other expenses immediately upon release. The length of time incarcerated didn't change that scenario because the expenses and inability to get a job didn't change. I offer this as an explanation, not a justification. Obviously the expenses are a self-inflicted wound.

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