January 01. 2014 8:13PM

Woman tied to fatal crash contests drug charges

Union Leader Correspondent

Cindy Sheppard, 48, of Hampton appeared Tuesday in Rockingham County Superior Court. (JAMES A. KIMBLE)

BRENTWOOD — An alleged drug dealer in Hampton linked to the death of two Massachusetts cyclists argued in court on Tuesday that police had not cobbled together enough evidence to raid her apartment.

Cindy Sheppard, 48, asked a judge to throw out all evidence that Hampton police seized on June 4 from her home, which included a variety of drugs that led to her indictment, according to prosecutors.

Sheppard is also facing charges in a separate case for allegedly providing Fentanyl to a 19-year-old Seabrook woman facing manslaughter charges for veering a 2002 Honda into a group of cyclists on Sept. 21 along Route 1A.

Defense lawyer Neil Reardon argued in court on Tuesday that there is insufficient evidence showing that confidential informants used by police were providing reliable or credible information.

"There's nothing here other than (their) say so out of the blue," Reardon said.

He said there was also no connection between his client, and a woman known as "Cinderella" who was identified in some of the conversations as a drug dealer.

Prosecutors argued that evidence showed Sheppard was referred to by people as Cinderella at times.

Reardon said the judge who granted the warrant should have requested more information from police.

Assistant County Attorney Karen Springer said the police affidavit included information from previous drug investigations that stretched back years and included other individuals.

"It goes from 2010 back to earlier investigations that were cumulative — showing there was a pattern of drug activity that circulated around this defendant," Springer said.

Springer said that Hampton police used a compilation of information from the previous investigations in the area and surveillance on Sheppard apartment, where police say they spotted known drug runners.

Judge Marguerite Wageling said she would take the arguments under advisement, and make a decision soon.

Sheppard is facing seven counts of possession of a controlled drug.

She is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 24, and expected to go on trial in the drug case on Feb. 3.

She has not yet been indicted in connection with the Hampton crash.

Pamela Wells, 60, and Elise Bouchard, 52, both of Massachusetts, were killed from being struck by the car Hess drove southbound on Route 1A.

Two other cyclists, Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, and Margo Heigh, 54, also of Massachusetts, were also injured.

Hampton police found Sheppard had 7.3 grams of heroin in her home, along with four ounces of cocaine and small quantities of crack cocaine, oxycodone, diazepam, methylone and marijuana, according to prosecutors.