Laconia Couple Convicted of Participating in Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy
CONCORD (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that on Friday, March 5, 2021, after a three-day trial, a federal jury found Crystal Hardy, 38, and Christopher Kelly, 43, both of Laconia, guilty of conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, methamphetamine. The jury also found Kelly guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
According to evidence presented during the trial, on April 5, 2019, members of the Tilton Police Department stopped Crystal Hardy for a motor vehicle violation. Christopher Kelly was a passenger in the vehicle. Officers later executed a search warrant on the vehicle and discovered methamphetamine, fentanyl, two loaded firearms, over $28,000 in cash, a digital scale, measuring tools, a pouch full of plastic baggies and a drug ledger. Other trial evidence showed that Hardy and Kelly regularly distributed methamphetamine throughout 2019 and had no legitimate income to explain the large sum of money found in the vehicle.
The two loaded firearms were discovered in a backpack that also contained a large bullet-proof vest, a baton, mail addressed to Kelly and three prescription bottles in Kelly’s name.