About an hour’s drive west of Rochester, a New Hampshire man faces two sets of legal problems. The first set stems from his arrest one day last week on a drug charge for possession of methamphetamine.
The second set of serious legal problems comes from his second arrest that day. After being released on a personal recognizance bail on the meth charge, he was arrested five hours later for possession of heroin.
Law enforcement officials said the Laconia man, 24, also faces several other charges stemming from the second arrest: falsifying evidence, resisting arrest and breach of bail.
According to a media report, the man was taken into custody earlier in the day in Manchester on the meth charge. The later arrest was in Belmont.
A Laconia police officer reported that he saw a car stop at a Circle K station on Route 106. He apparently became suspicious because none of the three occupants got out of the vehicle.
He said that as he approached the car, he could smell the scent of marijuana. He also said he spotted a prescription medication bottle inside the car, with a missing prescription label.
The officer said he told the three people inside the car to make their hands visible to him, but that the 24-year-old appeared to be trying to hide something next to the seat of the car, repeatedly ignoring orders to keep his hands where the cop could see them.
When the suspect was told to get out of the car, the officer saw a plastic bag sticking out of an area next to the seat.
When the cop told the man to put his hands behind his back, the suspect allegedly resisted and then broke free from the officer’s grip and ran.
The man ran into a parking lot with the officer chasing him. When the man fell, he was placed in handcuffs.
Later, the officer searched the bag inside the car and reportedly found heroin in it.
In similar situations, it makes sense to talk over details of the search and evidence with a criminal defense attorney before discussing allegations with police or prosecutors.
Source: Laconia Daily Sun, “Heroin arrest in Belmont quickly follows release for meth possession in Manchester,” Feb. 4, 2014