NEWPORT — Local and state law enforcement agencies have announced the arrests of nearly a dozen people, mostly from Newport, as the result of a joint patrol investigation into property crimes and suspected drug trafficking activity. One suspect is still being sought after in connection with the investigation.

The joint law enforcement patrol, which was conducted in response to citizen complaints and tips from the public, was carried out by the Newport Police Department, New Hampshire Probation and Parole, and New London Police K-9 Unit, according to a news release.

The following people were arrested as a result of the patrol:

Jeffrey Ellison, 43, of Newport, was charged with burglary. It is alleged that Ellison broke into a residential garage on Summer Street earlier that morning and stole a snowblower. It is further alleged that Ellison committed this crime while released on bail from the Sullivan Superior Court for a previous burglary arrest. Ellison was also taken into custody on a Sullivan Superior Court capias for failure to appear in court on that previous burglary charge. Suspected methamphetamine located on his person will be sent to the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab for testing, and additional charges are anticipated. Ellison was transported to the Sullivan County House of Corrections without bail pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court.

Seth Edson, 23, of Hartford, Vermont, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled rugs with intent to sell. It is alleged that in August, Edson possessed more than 10 grams of crack cocaine, as well as quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl. When he was arrested on the warrant, Edson was found to be in possession of more than six grams of suspected methamphetamine, and he was charged with an additional count of possession of controlled drugs with intent to sell. He was transported to the Sullivan County House of Corrections without bail pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court.

Kayla Brown, 31, of Newport, was arrested on a warrant for driving after revocation or suspension, subsequent offense, and contempt of court (breach of bail). It is alleged that, at the time of these offenses, Brown had been released on bail from the 5th Circuit Court for multiple previous arrests for driving after suspension, disobeying an officer, and contempt of court (breach of bail). While being taken into custody on the warrant, Brown resisted arrest and will face an additional charge for that offense. Suspected methamphetamine located on her person will be sent to the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab for testing, and additional charges are anticipated. She was transported to the Sullivan County House of Corrections without bail pending arraignment in the 5th Circuit Court.

Chad Tenpas, 44, of Newport, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled drugs. It is alleged that in February, Tenpas possessed a quantity of methamphetamine. Suspected fentanyl located on his person at the time of his arrest will be sent to the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab for testing, and additional charges are anticipated. Approximately $1,400 in cash located in his possession will be referred to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office for possible forfeiture proceedings. Tenpas was released on personal recognizance bail pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court.

Seth Boardman, 33, of Newport, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled drugs with intent to sell. It is alleged that in September, Boardman possessed more than three grams of methamphetamine and items consistent with drug distribution. While being taken into custody on the warrant, Boardman resisted arrest and will face an additional charge for that offense. He was released on personal recognizance bail pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court.

Nicholas Ayotte, 24, of Newport, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled drugs. It is alleged that in April, Ayotte possessed a quantity of fentanyl. Suspected fentanyl or heroin located on his person at the time of his arrest will be sent to the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab for testing, and additional charges are anticipated. Ayotte was released on personal recognizance bail pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court.

Katherine Benson, 31, of Newport, was arrested on a warrant for transporting drugs in a motor vehicle. It is alleged that in November, Benson drove a motor vehicle which she knew contained the controlled drug fentanyl. During a search of the residence where Benson was located, additional suspected controlled drugs were found, and additional charges are anticipated. She was released on personal recognizance bail pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court.

William Bussing, 50, of Newport, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled drugs. It is alleged that in November, Bussing possessed a quantity of the controlled drug fentanyl. During a search of the residence where Bussing was located, additional suspected controlled drugs were found, and additional charges are anticipated. He was released on personal recognizance bail pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court.

Lisa Giannotti, 33, of Newport, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled drugs. It is alleged that in September, Giannotti possessed a quantity of the controlled drug methamphetamine. During a search of the residence where Giannotti was located, additional suspected controlled drugs were found, and additional charges are anticipated.

Kenneth Kuhns, 57, of Newport, was arrested for possession of alprazolam. It is alleged that, at the time of this offense, Kuhns was on probation for a prior conviction of transporting drugs in a motor vehicle. He was released on personal recognizance bail pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court, and the matter was referred to New Hampshire Probation and Parole for additional enforcement action.

Jake Ayotte, 22, of Newport, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled drugs. It is alleged that in July, Ayotte possessed a quantity of fentanyl. Suspected methamphetamine located on his person at the time of his arrest will be sent to the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Lab for testing, and additional charges are anticipated. Ayotte was released on personal recognizance bail pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court.

The Newport Police Department is also currently seeking Krystee Ward, 35, of Newport, who has an active warrant for her arrest for possession of controlled drugs with intent to sell.

It is alleged that in November — acting in concert with Dezi Patten, 37, of Newport — Ward possessed more than 100 grams of suspected fentanyl, as well as quantities of methamphetamine and crack cocaine. Patten was previously arrested and is currently held without bail in the Sullivan Superior Court on charges of possession of controlled drugs with intent to sell and armed career criminal. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Ward is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department or their local police department.

The Newport Police Department would like to thank the members of our community that have called in complaints and tips resulting in these arrests, as well as our law enforcement partners at New Hampshire Probation and Parole and the New London Police K-9 Unit.

Anyone with additional information about these investigations is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Stephen A. Lee at 603-863-3232 or email slee@newportnh.gov.

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