Car stopped for no headlights leads to drug charge for backseat passenger

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Danny Jaquez
Danny Jaquez

MANCHESTER, NH – Danny Jaquez, 23, of Manchester, was arrested Aug. 4, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, following a traffic stop in the area of Cedar and Belmont streets. Manchester Police Officer Derek Feather pulled over a car just before 10 p.m. driving with no headlights.

As he approached the vehicle, Officer Feather noticed Jaquez, a passenger in the rear of the vehicle, “duck out of site” momentarily. He also noted a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Officer Feather asked Jaquez, along with the driver and a  front seat passenger, to all exit the motor vehicle while Officer Feather questioned them further about why they were operating without headlights.

Seized drugs.
Seized drugs.

The driver, who was not charged, told Officer Feather they had just met Jaquez and were giving him a ride. Officer Feather was granted permission to look into the backseat of the vehicle and noticed the carpet on the floor had been pulled away, indicating that someone may have attempted to conceal an item there. However, Officer Feather was unable to find any contraband under the carpet, but did locate contraband inside of the black backpack, located in the rear seat next to Jaquez.

Inside of the backpack Officer Feather discovered 15 individual plastic bags containing marijuana and a scale commonly used to weigh drugs. Each bag contained .2 grams of marijuana, which resulted in the charges against Jaquez.  He was scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 5.


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