Woman Charged in Heroin Death Held on $50K
Jennifer Landry was charged in connection with the death of 22-year-old Svetlana Filippenko.
A Portsmouth woman remains in custody on $50,000 bail after authorities said she sold heroin to a 22 year old who died of a drug overdose.
Jennifer Landry, 41, of 309 Oriental Gardens in Portsmouth, waived a probable cause hearing Tuesday morning in Portsmouth District Court.
Landry allegedly sold heroin to Svetlana Filippenko, who died in November. Police said Landry fled Portsmouth and was later arrested in Portland, Maine on a warrant.
If convicted, Landry is facing a lengthy prison sentence that could include life behind bars. Her case is similar to that of an Epping man who in 2011 was sentenced to 8-20 years in prison for providing narcotics to an Exeter woman who died of an overdose.
On Tuesday, Landry appeared in court in an orange prison-issued jump suit. She waved to several family members and appeared to wipe tears from her eyes.
According to court documents, Filippenko struggled with heroin addiction for some time and was taking prescription medication to try and get over her addiction.
Police charged Landry based on an account by Robert Chase, 26, of Portsmouth. Chase told police Landry sold $45 worth of heroin to Filippenko at the Oriental Gardens Mobile Home Park behind the Mr. Bubble Car Wash on Nov. 20. Chase gave the account after he was arrested for felony-level theft, according to court documents.
Police said Landry later told them that she did indeed sell heroin to Filippenko.
Landry's case is being sent to Rockingham County Superior Court for possible indictment.