Alleged Hampton drug dealer indicted on more charges linked to fatal crash
JAMES A. KIMBLE Union Leader Correspondent
Cindy Sheppard, 48, was indicted on new drug charges linked to the Sept. 21 crash that killed two cyclists. Sheppard is accused of giving a dose of fentanyl to the driver that struck the cyclists. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/FILE PHOTO)
BRENTWOOD – A Hampton woman is facing more drug charges for allegedly supplying a 19-year-old Seabrook driver with fentanyl before she struck two bicyclists who died in September, prosecutors said.
Cindy Sheppard, 48, was indicted on a new round of enhanced drug charges for allegedly supplying Darriean Hess with a dose of the pain-killing drug before Hess veered a 2002 Honda she was driving into a group of bicyclists on Sept. 21 along Route 1A.
Sheppard was free on bail at the time. She had been arrested by Hampton police in June for allegedly dealing heroin, crack, oxycodone and cocaine.
The new indictments were returned by a grand jury in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Prosecutors sought indictments in her latest case that would essentially double what would normally be a 3 ½ to 7 year prison term.
She faces three counts of possession of a controlled drug while on release, and single counts of dispensing a controlled drug while on release and allowing an improper person to operate a motor vehicle.
Prosecutors say Sheppard allowed Hess, 19, of Seabrook to get back into a 2002 Honda after police had cited her for speeding and driving without a license.
Sheppard faces a violation-level offense for allegedly letting Hess drive after being stopped by police.
Hess was indicted last month on charges of manslaughter and negligent homicide for striking and killing Pamela Wells, 60, and Elise Bouchard, 52, both of Massachusetts, according to indictments.
The two women were riding their bikes in the Granite State Wheelmen Seacoast Century Ride.
Two other cyclists, Uwe Uhmeyer, 60, and Margo Heigh, 54, also of Massachusetts, were also injured. Hess is charged with second-degree assault for injuring Uhmeyer and Heigh.
Sheppard's latest charges comes as she awaits a decision by a judge about whether evidence in her first case will be heard by a jury.
Neil Reardon, Sheppard's lawyer, argued at a hearing last month that Hampton police had not collected enough evidence to raid his client's apartment.
He said there was 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.
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.
Sheppard's trial on the drug charges from her June arrest is scheduled to begin Feb. 3.