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For Immediate Release
March 28, 2016
For more information contact:
Sergeant Greg Bisson
(603) 271-5555

Motor Vehicle Stop

drug evidence found in vehicle

On March 31st, 2016 at approximately 1610 hours, Tr. Andrew Frigon, NH State Police Mobile Enforcement Team (MET), was on routine patrol on Interstate 95 southbound in the town of North Hampton, NH, when he observed a rented black 2016 Nissan Versa sedan ahead of him tailgating another vehicle. Tr. Frigon conducted a motor vehicle stop of the Nissan Versa, and identified the operator and lone occupant of the vehicle as Michael Donovan, age 26, of Westminster, MA. As Tr. Frigon engaged in conversation with Mr. Donovan, he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. He called for a trained K-9 unit to come to the scene of the stop to assist with the investigation, and was joined a short time later by Tr. Haden Wilber and his K-9 partner Gauge.  Tr. Wilber and Gauge were able to positively alert to the presence of a controlled drug odor coming from within the vehicle, at which point Tr. Frigon had the Nissan towed to the State Police barracks in Epping so that he could apply for a search warrant. Mr. Donovan was released at the scene and given a ride off the highway.

After obtaining a search warrant for the Nissan, Tr. Frigon executed the search and discovered the following items: 17 glass jars containing approximately 2 pounds of marijuana, and 10 marijuana plants.  The estimated street value of the marijuana inside the vehicle is approximately $35,000.00.

An arrest warrrant is forthcoming for Mr. Donovan, charging him with Possession of a Controlled Drug, Transportation of a Controlled Drug, and Possession of a Controlled Drug with the Intent to Distribute.

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