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For Immediate Release
March 29, 2019
For more information contact:
Trooper Kevin Dobson
603 223- 8490

Arrest, Seabrook, NH

Ruben R. Da Silva booking photo

On Friday March 29, 2019 at approximately 6:42 a.m., Troop-A dispatch received a call of an erratic driver on Interstate 95 southbound from Maine. It was reported that the vehicle, a 2013 Honda Civic, was all over the road and it was believed that the driver had struck something in the state of Maine causing damage to the vehicle. Troopers from the NH State Police, Troop-A barracks located and stopped the vehicle in the area of mile marker 0.8 in Seabrook.

As troopers communicated with driver, later identified as Ruben R. Da Silva, age 23 from Dorchester, MA, he attempted to swallow several small clear plastic baggies containing a white powder. This was an obvious attempt to destroy what appeared to be drug evidence. As troopers attempted to prevent such destruction, a struggle ensued. Da Silva resisted arrest, and continued his attempts to swallow the baggies. Da Silva was ultimately placed under arrest, and an amount of suspected drug evidence was seized. Medical personal were called to the scene, as troopers believed Da Silva may have actually swallowed a portion of the suspected drugs. He refused medical attention and was transported to the Rockingham County Jail.

Da Silva was charged with Felony Possession of Controlled Drug, Falsifying Physical Evidence, Resisting Arrest and Transportation of Controlled Drug. The vehicle driven was seized pending a search warrant. Da Silva was issued an arraignment date of April 5, 2019 at 8:30 am at the Rockingham Superior Court.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Tr. Kevin Dobson, NH State Police-Troop A at (603) 223-8490, or via email at

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