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New Hampshire

January 17, 2013

Suspected bank robber arrested for heroin in Salem

SALEM — A woman who’s a suspect in a 2011 bank robbery was arrested on drug charges Wednesday.

Amy-Jo Currier, 25, of Concord faces a felony charge for possession of heroin and another charge for transporting the drug.

But Currier may face more charges. She has long been a suspect in the robbery of Pentucket Bank on North Broadway July 29, 2011.

“She has been and continues to be a suspect in that robbery,” Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said. “But there’s a lack of evidence to charge her.”

In that incident, a heavyset woman handed a teller a note and then fled with some cash. She was described as being about 5 feet 6 inches tall and having a light complexion.

Currier is 5 feet 5 inches tall, heavyset and has a fair complexion.

“The case is open and active,” Patten said. “We just don’t have enough at this point.”

In the arrest Wednesday, undercover detectives were conducting surveillance on Currier at the Red Roof Inn, he said. In addition to her suspected role in the bank robbery, he said, Currier is known to police for drug activity.

“She’s also involved local drug trade,” Patten said. “She’s been on our radar.”

When Currier was stopped for several motor vehicle violations Wednesday, police saw a plastic bag of heroin in her car. Currier was taken into custody.

Police then found several more bags of heroin, $940 in cash and two cellphones in her car. The drugs, the cash and Currier’s 2013 Dodge Dart were seized.

Currier posted $600 cash bail and was released.

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