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Drug Dealer Blamed for Causing Conditions of Fatal Crash

Additional charges are likely coming for Cindy Sheppard, who was painted in two different courts as "clearly a danger to the community" because of her actions before Saturday's fatal crash.

Bail was increased significantly Thursday afternoon after prosecutors urged the court system to do its part in keeping an alleged drug dealer and "danger to the community" off the streets.

Cindy Sheppard, 48, of 51 Ocean Blvd., Apt. 5, in Hampton, was ordered held on $25,000 cash-only bail following an arraignment in Rockingham Superior Court Thursday afternoon on seven drug indictments.

That arraignment took place a couple of hours after a Hampton District Court judge ordered Sheppard be held on $10,000 cash or corporate surety bail on separate charges that allege she gave a narcotic painkiller to unlicensed teen driver Darriean Hess before letting Hess drive the vehicle that Hess operated while causing an accident that killed two cyclists and injured two others on Saturday.

The vehicle belonged to Hess' fiancé, Scott Martin, who Thursday afternoon became the third person charged in connection to the fatal crash.

Sheppard was out on bail for the seven drug counts when she was arrested Wednesday in connection to Saturday's fatal crash, which is part of the reason why Assistant County Attorney Karen Springer argued in superior court on Thursday that Sheppard's $2,500 bail on the seven drug counts be increased.

Springer said that Sheppard's actions "led" to the fatal crash, and said that $2,500 bail is "obviously insufficient" because Sheppard has shown that she "won't comply with any conditions of bail."

Video of Springer discussing the case is included above.

A motion to revoke bail may also be filed, according to the judge's ruling to increase bail.

Defense Attorney Neil Reardon said in superior court Thursday that Sheppard, who grew up in Nashua, isn't "liable" for Saturday's fatal crash. He repeated many of the statements he made in district court about Sheppard's two amputated legs while arguing that Sheppard isn't a flight risk.

The seven drug counts are the result of an undercover investigation into substantial illegal drug sales on Hampton Beach, which culminated in Sheppard's arrest in June and her indictment in September

Springer said all of the charges are for possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, save for one count of possession of marijuana. Sheppard's charges stem from the fact that she had 7.39 grams of heroin, 4.06 grams of cocaine, .41 grams of crack cocaine, two pills or .53 grams of methylone, eight pills or 1.67 grams of oxycodone, eight pills or 1.25 grams of diazepam, and 1.67 ounces of marijuana on her when police arrested her in June.

Sheppard will be scheduled for a disposition hearing in Rockingham Superior Court the near future for the drug case, according to Springer. 

Prosecutors say additional charges, though, are likely coming in connection to the fatal crash. Sheppard drove Hess away from the scene of a traffic stop for speeding in Hess' fiancé's 2002 Honda Civic around 12:45 a.m. Saturday before giving Hess fentanyl and allowing Hess to drive the car, even though police had told Sheppard that Hess wasn't allowed to drive it.

Hess stayed with Sheppard that night, but Sheppard let Hess operate the vehicle shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, which is roughly half an hour before the fatal crash occurred on Hampton's Neil R. Underwood Memorial Bridge. 

Sheppard pleaded not guilty in Hampton District Court on Thursday to letting the Seabrook teen drive the car. 



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Marian Royal September 26, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Does she have prosthetics that allow her to drive? How could she drive Hess away when she is a double amputee with no legs below the knee?
Peter Burness September 26, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Thee is significant guilt by Hess, Sheppard, Martin and others which led to this tragedy. Many questions remain to be answered, Was Hess given a field sobriety test? Should her car have been released to someone with pending criminal narcotics charges? Should the law be tightened on drivers with no licenses? Should Sheppards landlord be held accountable for leasing to a person described as being a significant source of Heroin on the Seacoast? Residents deserve answers and solutions.
lawrencius fine September 26, 2013 at 08:21 PM
If she has prosthetics she isn't about to show them now.
SheShe September 27, 2013 at 01:47 AM
I cannot believe that the Hampton Police did not ask her for identification before letting her drive the car Saturday night. If they had they would have know she had drug charges pending. I am sure when she arrived to pick up the car, she looked like a druggy and the Hampton Police admitted she is a drug dealer in Hampton. Maybe if they did 2 people wouldn't be dead today! Hampton is know to be a Haven for drugs but nothing is ever done about it. And I can bet that all of them are on welfare and we are paying with our tax dollars. It is a sad State we live it! People have to start speaking up about the dealings of the police officers also. They get paid to do their jobs and seems to me they are not doing it very well.
Denise Goudreault September 27, 2013 at 06:41 AM
This summer a hampton police officer stopped my husband and asked him if he was going to pick up our dogs poop as the act was happening..didn't he notice the bags attached to the leash? Last summer they stopped our daughter for going 37 mph in a 30 mph zone. YET, they let these law breakers get away for doing a lot worse. Seems like they need some training!
skram bled September 27, 2013 at 01:08 PM
To people complaining that the Hampton police didn't do enough on the first traffic stop, they did everything that was in their power. Driving without a license in only a violation on the first offense, with the second offense being a misdemeanor. If you have a problem with that, and you should, contact your legislators to fix this weak law that prevents the police from acting.
SheShe September 27, 2013 at 02:28 PM
I have a problem with the Hampton Police not asking to see this woman's license (Sheppard) when she went to drive a car that was not hers and not equipped for a handicap person! Also the Hampton Police admitted they knew she was a drug dealer and Iam sure she looked like a druggy when she arrived to pick up the car and she didn't have to show them a license???? It all stinks!
SheShe September 27, 2013 at 02:29 PM
The next think will be she will be out on bail! It is no Wonder Hampton is a HAVEN FOR DRUGS!!
Lorri September 27, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Sheppard is a drug dealer, She would not give Hess drugs, "NO WAY" Hess was going to Sheppard's home to "buy" drugs. Someone that went to school with Hess told me she was known for doing drugs for years. Hess is just trying to make her look like she's the victim. The people that died & hurt plus there family are the victims.
Tim Savage September 27, 2013 at 09:21 PM
She She- weirded that you would slam the cops again. Sounds like you have an axe to grind. My grandmother happened to have a right leg prostheses that she could manipulate like her own natural leg. Not sure what the extent of the handicap is here but just because she's an amputee doesn't mean she can't drive. Also, I haven't read in a single news report where it says that Sheppard was asked for her license and didn't show it or didn't have a valid license. Where are you getting the information because I would like to educate myself with these facts that you so clearly are aware of. I guess according to your thought process, if a person looks like a druggie, or has been arrested for a crime, but still has a valid license, then the cops still shouldn't let her drive. I think that's called profiling and people complain about that frequently. Hess and Sheppard created this situation.
SheShe September 27, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I never said she was asked for her license I think she should have been and wasn't, I have no axe to grind with anyone, I see cops stopping people all the time and in most cases if they cannot drive the car is towed. I live on the beach (not Hampton ) and see a lot! My heart goes out to the families of victims only!

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