PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A city woman who nearly won a Maxim magazine Hometown Hottie contest last year was among those charged Wednesday in an ongoing heroin distribution investigation.
Persephanie Lesperance, 24, of 229 Raleigh Way, was charged with conspiracy to commit the sale of heroin and unlawful possession of Suboxone, a controlled drug. She remained in custody at Rockingham County jail as of Thursday evening.
Her arrest this week followed a lengthy investigation by Portsmouth police and the state Attorney General’s Drug Task Force into a heroin distribution ring. All told, eight people were arrested in investigation, and police are looking for a ninth suspect.
Chelsea Glover, 21, who has ties to the Milton area, is wanted for violating probation and sale of a controlled drug. She is 5-foot-4, 100 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes, according to a news release.
Around this time last year, Lesperance was the subject of glowing newspaper articles and magazine profiles touting her burgeoning modeling career and inclusion in the Maxim magazine contest.
Lesperance ended up as a semi-finalist in the contest, for which she posed semi-nude.
According to her profile page on the website Model Mayhem, Lesperance has modeled for five years and enjoys dancing jazz, tap and ballet. She also claims to help produce charity events around New England.
“I believe if you love your job you will do the job to the best of (your) ability,” she said on her Model Mayhem page. “If you have ever worked with me then you would know exactly what I am talking about.”
On Wednesday the Portsmouth Police Department and the N.H. Attorney General’s Drug Task Force conducted a series of arrests based on an ongoing heroin distribution investigation. Seven people were arrested and charged with felony level drug related activity. An eighth person was charged with a misdemeanor. Glover was still being sought as of Thursday night.
Arrested and charged in addition to Lesperance, were:
Kayla Crystal, 30, of 2 Winsor Road, Portsmouth, charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit sale of a controlled drug (heroin). She was held on cash bail.
Sarah Bigelow, 33, of 4 Winsor Road, Portsmouth, on conspiracy to commit sale of a controlled drug (heroin) and breach of bail. She was held without bail.
Patricia Jones, 42, 5 Winsor Road, Portsmouth was charged with two counts of sale of a controlled drug (heroin.) Jones posted $250 cash bail and will be arraigned on Dec. 16.
Christian Kirkendol, 22, of 2 Winsor Road, Portsmouth was charged with sale of a controlled drug (heroin) and conspiracy to commit sale of a controlled drug (heroin.) He was held on cash bail.
Tyler Townsend, 19, of 609 Sherwood Glen, Somersworth, was charged with two counts of sale of a controlled drug (crack cocaine). He was held on cash bail.
Joseph Gamester, 22, of 49 Main Mast Road in New Castle was charged with conspiracy to commit sale of a controlled drug (heroin.) Gamester posted $250 cash bail and will be arraigned on Dec. 16.
Austin Fisk, 21, of 30 Taft Road, Portsmouth, was taken into custody and charged with (misdemeanor level) trespassing in the Gosling Meadows neighborhood after being served with a barment letter initiated by the Portsmouth Housing Authority. He was released of PR bail with an arraignment date of Dec. 16.
Chelsea Glover, 21, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 100 pounds and having brown hair and blue eyes, is being sought. Glover, who has ties to the Milton area, is currently wanted for sale of a controlled drug (heroin) and violation of probation.
Those held overnight without bail or on cash bail were arraigned Thursday on charges they faced.
Authorities say many of the arrests would not have been possible without the cooperation of the residents of Gosling Meadows neighborhood and the Portsmouth Housing Authority staff.
If you know the whereabouts of Chelsea Glover, please contact your local police department.
Anyone with information concerning drug activity in Portsmouth is asked to contact Detective Scott Study at (603) 610-7653.
You can also contact Seacoast Crime Stoppers by leaving an anonymous tip at (603) 431-1199 or at seacoastcrimestoppers.org. You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637) with the letters “TIPSCS” and leave your tip that way. If your tip leads to an arrest or indictment of the individual you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.
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