Driver with toddler in back seat arrested on drug charges, released, pulled over hours later with drug-toting passenger

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Walsh/MPD

MANCHESTER, NH – A Queen City woman was stopped at 4:20 a.m. on Oct. 5 after an officer on patrol noticed her cross over the double yellow line on Union Street, south of Webster Street. He stopped the driver and identified her as Christina Walsh, 40, of Manchester. The officer noticed a 2-year-old child secured in a car seat in the rear of the 2011 Nissan Altima, as well as a small piece of a plastic bag on the driver’s side floor mat. The officer questioned Walsh, who consented to a search of her belongings. A capped hypodermic needle and a suboxone strip were located inside Walsh’s purse.

Officer Cheryl Trudeau arrived on scene and located two small bags of heroin (2.8 grams) inside Walsh’s bra during a search incident to arrest. Walsh was taken into custody without incident while her vehicle was towed from the scene. The child was released to the father and Walsh was charged with two counts possession of controlled drug. She was released on $1,000 cash/surety bail and scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on October 19, 2017.

Perez/MPD

Thursday at 4:55 p.m. officers stopped a gray Hyundai in the area of Green and Union streets for a minor traffic infraction. Officer Jason Feliciano and Michael DeJoy spoke with the operator, Christina Walsh, the same women from the earlier arrest, and her passenger, Sarah Perez, 26, of Manchester. 

Walsh and Perez were making furtive movements as the officers approached, so they spoke with Walsh, who later consented to a search of her vehicle. The officers located a backpack in the vehicle and determined it belonged to Perez. Inside the bag police found two suboxone strips, two prescription amphetamine pills and two scales, so Perez was placed into custody without incident.

Walsh was not charged in the second incident, and was released from the scene. Perez was charged with possession of a controlled drug and was scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on October 6, 2017.