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March 18, 2014

Ida indicted on drug, weapons charges

Serving sentence in separate case

BRENTWOOD — A former Windham man, already serving a state prison sentence, has been indicted on drug, weapons and stolen property charges.

Joseph Ida, 25, of Woburn, Mass., was recently indicted on the three charges by a Rockingham County Superior Court grand jury.

The charges stem from his arrest Dec. 16 in a Salem parking lot after police received a report of an unconscious person sitting in a pickup truck, according to Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten. Officers seized a drug kit, hypodermic needles and a small amount of heroin.

Police said they later confiscated a stolen, loaded 9 mm handgun as Ida transferred it from his sock to his pants pocket in a Salem Police Department holding cell.

The incident prompted Judge Marguerite Wageling in January to order that Ida serve a year and a half to three years behind bars for violating the terms of his suspended sentence in a separate drug case.

In that case, Ida was arrested after Ellie Morin, a college student and Windham resident, was found dead in his family’s Bear Hill Road home Dec. 21, 2011.

It was later determined that Morin died of a drug overdose and Ida was not responsible for her death. Investigators found a small lab in the attic believed to be used to manufacture drugs, and seized heroin and diazepam tablets.

Ida pleaded guilty in November 2012 to two felony charges of possession of a controlled drug as part of a plea bargain. He was ordered to spend seven days in jail and to continue to receive drug treatment as part of his sentence.

In the latest case, Ida was indicted on felony charges of possession of a controlled drug (subsequent offense), receiving stolen property and felon in possession of a firearm.

If convicted, he faces three and a half to seven years in prison on the weapons charge and seven and a half to 15 years in prison on the two other charges.

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