Detectives follow car from Manchester to Lawrence for heroin buy, driver charged

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MANCHESTER, NH – Undercover detectives followed a car on a heroin buying mission from Manchester to Lawrence, Mass., and back on Sept. 15, resulting in one arrest.

On Sept. 15 members of the Manchester Police Special Enforcement Division were working on drug complaints in the area of Prospect and Elm Street at 6:20 p.m. when they observed a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox with Massachusetts plates stopped and running in front of a Prospect Street apartment.

The driver and a rear seat passenger were present, but the front seat passenger had already exited the vehicle.

Detectives watched a woman walk from the area of 29 Prospect St. and enter the passenger seat of the vehicle. The Chevy then drove away and left the area. The plainclothes detectives followed the vehicle as it traveled into Lawrence, Mass., and back into Manchester ,where they conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Hanover Street and Lake Avenue.

They identified the driver as Adrian Carleton, 36 of Clinton, Mass., as well as two passengers, a 27-year-old woman from Greenville, NH,  and a 30-year-old woman from Hudson. Neither of the women were charged, as they were not in possession of drugs, police said.

Police say Carleton allegedly drove to Lawrence, Mass., to purchase eight 1-gram bags of heroin (each gram typically has five individual bags which are sold as one single dose or a single “hit,” each dose can sell for $20 for a .2 gram bag).

Detectives seized less than 8 grams of heroin after the consent to search was granted. They located the heroin inside of the center console of Carleton’s vehicle. Carleton and the passengers allegedly used some of the heroin while they were traveling back to Manchester from Lawrence, police said.  The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Carelton was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. He was scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on September 16, 2015.

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