A Nashua mother and her daughter were taken into custody last Friday on suspicion of selling hard drugs, a spokesperson for the city police department confirmed.
According to a newly released police statement, 45-year-old Amy Manzi was arrested and charged with selling heroin, among some other violations. The woman’s 22-year-old daughter, Arieana Manzi, was also slapped with the same charges.
The daughter was arrested during a traffic stop close to her Vine Street apartment. Officers recovered 5 grams of fentanyl hidden in her underwear. The mother was detained without incident at their apartment.
Announcing the arrests, Lt. Kevin Rourke said, “We had received information that they had taken over drug sales for a subject we arrested back in September, James Karos, who is a pretty significant heroin dealer in our city … the Manzis had taken over as the primary dealer once he was in custody.”
The heroin epidemic is persistently growing in Nashua. So far this year, law enforcement officers have made 232 drugs-related arrests, and responded to nearly 100 overdose calls. Drug overdoses have claimed at least 9 lives.
Amy and her daughter were arraigned Monday morning, and their bails were set at $20,000 and $75,000, respectively. Both are scheduled to be back in court on April 20, 2016.