CONWAY MAN CONVICTED OF OPERATING DRUG DEN

by Christian Mower on March 22, 2012

A SUPERIOR COURT JURY IN OSSIPEE HAS FOUND A 50-YEAR-OLD CONWAY MAN GUILTY OF OPERATING A DRUG DEN OUT OF HIS HOME ON PROSPECT ROAD.

ASST. CARROLL COUNTY ATTORNEY STEPHEN MURRAY SAYS AFTER FOUR DAYS OF TESTIMONY, THE 12-PERSON JURY DELIBERATED FOR JUST MORE THAN ONE FULL DAY BEFORE RETURNING A GUILTY VERDICT LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON AGAINST JOHN E. OHANASIAN OF 101 PROSPECT ROAD.

MURRAY SAYS HE’S PLEASED WITH THE VERDICT AND THAT THE JURY FOUND OHANASIAN GUILTY OF THE FELONY CHARGE OF “MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE” FOR ALLOWING THE USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS.

THE PROSECUTOR ADDS THE CONVICTION REFLECTS THE EVIDENCE AND SUCCESSFUL INVESTIGATION BY THE CONWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT – AND THE ASSISTANCE OF THE FIELD SERVICES DIVISION OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS.

MURRAY SAYS OHANASIAN WAS OUT ON BAIL AT THE TIME OF HIS ARREST IN JUNE, 2011 AND BECAUSE OF THAT, HE FACES AN ENHANCED PENALTY AND A POTENTIAL TERM IN THE STATE PRISON OF 7 TO 14 YEARS.

OHANASIAN IS BEING HELD AT THE CARROLL COUNTY JAIL IN OSSIPEE, PENDING HIS SENTENCING.

IN UNRELATED CASES, OHANASIAN WAS ACQUITTED IN NOVEMBER, 2011 ON ONE FELONY COUNT OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT – BUT IS SCHEDULED TO BE TRIED IN MAY ON TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT, WHERE HE’S ACCUSED OF ALLEGEDLY IMPROPERLY TOUCHING OR PERFORMING A SEX ACT ON A CHILD LESS THAN 13 YEARS OLD.