MANCHESTER, NH – A man out on parole after a conviction of operating a meth lab, who is wanted by Claremont police on an outstanding warrant for a simple assault charge, was arrested on April 23 by State Police after he was stopped in Hampton on Route 101 for a broken tail light.
Derrick David Hentschel, 32, of Manchester, now faces new drug charges, including possession of paraphernalia for making methamphetamine.
On April 23, 2015, at approximately 10 p.m., Trooper Andrew Frigon stopped a 2004 silver Dodge Caravan operated by Hentschel for having defective tail lights. Upon receiving Hentshel’s license, Trooper Frigon was able to determine that Hentshcel had an active warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in the 5th Circuit Court – Claremont Division, on a charge of simple assault.
After his arrest, Hentschel, the registered owner of the vehicle, was unable to make arrangements for the vehicle to be removed from the side of Route 101, prompting Trooper Frigon to call a tow truck . Trooper Frigon, along with Trooper Matthew Locke, began to inventory the contents of Hentschel’s vehicle before towing it at which time they discovered narcotic drugs, drug paraphernalia, and items that were consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Trooper Frigon and Trooper Locke immediately stopped the inventory process and applied for a search warrant, which was granted later that night by the Honorable Judge David Lafrancois.
With the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police Explosives Ordinance Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team, Hentschel’s vehicle was processed and more drug paraphrenalia was found, along with several items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Hentschel was charged with two counts of attempted manufacture of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, and two counts of transportation of a controlled drug in a motor vehicle.
He was held on $15,000 cash bail pending his arraignment on Friday, April 24, 2015. At the time of his arrest, Hentshel was on parole following his conviction for manufacture of methamphetamine in Sullivan County Superior Court in 2011.
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