EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 5, 2012

Windham man sentenced on drug charges

By Doug Ireland

---- — BRENTWOOD — A Windham man was ordered to spend seven days in jail after pleading guilty to drug charges in a case involving the death of a 20-year-old friend.

Joseph Ida, 24, also received a suspended 18-month- to three-year prison sentence from Judge Marguerite Wageling. He recently pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of a controlled drug in Rockingham Superior Court as part of a plea bargain.

Ida was arrested after Ellie Morin, a University of New Hampshire student and Windham resident, was found dead in his family’s Bear Hill Road home Dec. 21, 2011. It was determined Morin died of a drug overdose.

Investigators recovered a small amount of heroin and diazepam tablets from the house. They also found a small lab in the attic police said they believed was used to manufacture drugs.

A grand jury indicted Ida on the two felony drug charges in May.

Police and firefighters were called to the home the morning of Dec. 21, 2011, after receiving a report of a medical emergency. Investigators, some dressed in hazardous materials suits, remained at the house well into the night after Morin, a Salem High School graduate, died in a basement family room.

Ida also was convicted of possession of a controlled drug in November 2006. He had been free on $25,000 cash bail since shortly after his arrest.