By John Toole
WINDHAM — A 23-year-old Windham man is facing drug charges stemming from the investigation into the death last week of Ellie Morin, 20.
Joseph Ida of 8 Bear Hill Road was arrested by police last night and charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug, heroin, and one count of manufacturing a controlled drug, dimethyltryptamine.
Ida is the son of the homeowners, Robert and Mary Ann Ida.
Morin, a University of New Hampshire student and Salem High graduate, was found dead there Dec. 21.
Ida posted $25,000 cash bond Wednesday night. A probable cause hearing is scheduled in 10th Circuit Court in Salem on Feb. 6.
Windham police Capt. Mike Caron said today the investigation continues and more charges could be forthcoming.
The criminal charges are Class B felonies. Ida faces 31/2 to 7 years in prison on each charge, if convicted.
Dimethyltryptamine is a hallucinogenic drug, Caron said.
"We found what we would call a lab up in the attic," he said.
Dimethyltryptamine is known as DMT on the street, Caron said.
"It's a poor man's ecstasy or LSD," Caron said. "We believe it was being packaged in gel caps."
The lab was small, portable, and could be set up on a desk or in a car, Caron said.
Morin and Ida knew one another, police said.
"I think they were just acquaintances," Caron said. "They had known each other about a year."
Caron confirmed a neighbor's account that Morin had spent the night at the Ida residence.
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