N.H. police find $30,000 worth of cocaine in diaper bag

By Pat Grossmith, Staff Writer
Union Leader

MANCHESTER- More than $30,000 worth of cocaine was found in a diaper bag inside a couple's SUV carrying four young children.

Francisco A. Alicea, 58, and his wife Sandra Alicea, 32, were arraigned yesterday in Manchester District Court on felony charges of possessing more than 5 ounces of cocaine with the intent to distribute it. Mrs. Alicea was also charged with possessing cocaine after she informed the trooper she had more cocaine stuffed in her bra.

Police said they confiscated a total of 11 ounces of cocaine with a street value of about $30,800.

Bail for each of the Aliceas is $50,000 with a probable cause hearings set for Nov. 27.

Four children were in the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe when it was pulled over Monday night at 11:25 p.m. on Interstate 93 North. The children, who police said ranged in age from 3 to 12 years old, were released into the custody of a family member. Mrs. Alicea was driving the SUV with New Hampshire handicapped license plates when New Hampshire State police Sgt. Gregory N. Perry pulled it over for marked lane violations.

According to court documents, Mrs. Alicea appeared nervous and fidgety. She told the trooper she was on her way home from Haverhill, Mass. with her family. They had been visiting Mr. Alicea's sister in Haverhill but, the trooper said, neither of them knew the address or street name.

Perry searched the SUV with the Aliceas' consent and found a brown plastic bag containing the cocaine in a diaper bag behind the driver's seat.

According to court records, the couple has four children. Mr. Alicea told a bail commissioner their ages are 3, 8, 13 and 14, while his wife said the children are 3, 7, 12 and 13 years old. Mr. Alicia, who uses a wheelchair, is unemployed and on supplemental Social Security. Mrs. Alicea works at a local nursing home.

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