Two Rochester residents nabbed on drug charges at Smoronk's Farmington home

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Lace Meattey and Michael Ditroia (Rochester Police photos)

FARMINGTON - Court documents show that two people were arrested Tuesday when federal and state lawmen swarmed to execute a search warrant at the Farmington home of the boyfriend of one of two women stabbed to death there in January.

The owner of the home at 979 Meaderboro Road, Dean Smoronk, is currently incarcerated at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Virginia on no bail after his arrest on drug charges last month.

Officials have had no comment yet on the arrests of Lace Meattey, 32, and Michael Ditroia, 58, both of Rochester, or under what circumstances they were at the now-infamous residence.

Meattey was charged with possession of meth and cocaine and endangering the welfare of a child because police allege her three children were with her with suspected drugs close by.

Ditroia was charged with possession of methamphetamines.

State Police and other federal law enforcement agencies, meanwhile, continued to execute their search warrant at the property on Wednesday, using a backhoe in the back yard of the colonial-styled home in this rural, quiet section of Farmington.

Farmington Police Chief John Drury, who operated the equipment, said today he put in about 10 hours assisting in the effort.

Drury said that lawmen completed their search of the property on Wednesday.

Over the two days, several items were carried from the property to a waiting mobile crime van and other vehicles.

Several dogs were also used in the search, which saw about 20 uniformed and ununiformed law enforcement officers involved over the two days.

It was Smoronk who found the bodies of his longtime girlfriend Christine Sullivan, 48, along with Jenna Pellegrini, 32, of Barrington, Jan. 28 after returning from Florida, according to court documents.

Timothy Verrill of Dover, said to have been a longtime acquaintance of Smoronk, was arrested in February in Massachusetts and extradited back to New Hampshire to face murder charges.

Dean V. Smoronk (Police mugshot)

Verrill has not been indicted yet, and remains on no bail at Merrimack County Jail.

Smoronk, termed a major drug dealer in court documents, will appeal his no-bond status later this month in a Hanover County (Va.) court.

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