Handmade license plate and suspicious exchange lead to drug arrest

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MANCHESTER, NH – A Londonderry man was charged with possession of drugs after he was stopped by Manchester Police early Aug. 4, who allegedly saw him hand money to someone on Merrimack Street.

Joseph Allen, 25, of Londonderry was charged with possession of a controlled drug (heroin) and possession of a prescription drug (methadone).

Officer Konrad Jaworowski observed a Black Kia sedan stopped in the middle of Merrimack Street, east of Beech Street, displaying a homemade registration at 12:20 a.m. Aug. 4. The driver, later identified as Allen, stopped and handed money to another man who quickly walked away from the Kia, according to police.

Based on what he observed, Jaworowski initiated a motor vehicle stop at Merrimack Street and Litchfield Lane. Officer Jeff Fierimonte and his K-9 partner Bauer arrived to assist.

Police say Allen appeared to be extremely nervous during the stop and failed to provide a valid reason for stopping in the middle of Merrimack Street. Allen stated he was employed at a used car dealership in Chichester, but failed to display a legitimate registration due to leaving work in a hurry and forgetting to take the dealer plate. He told police he made a handwritten “temporary” plate to display. The homemade license plate was a legitimate registration; however it was registered to a used car dealership in Salem, not in Chichester.

Officer Fierimonte’s partner Bauer alerted the officer to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle, so a search of the vehicle took place. Officer Jaworowski located .1 gram of heroin, 5.7 grams of Methadone and over $6,800 in cash inside of the unregistered motor vehicle.

Allen was taken into custody and the cash and drugs were placed into evidence. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Allen was released on $3.000 cash/surety and is scheduled to appear before the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on September 9, 2015.

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