Woman charged after throwing bags of crack in snow during traffic stop

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MANCHESTER, NH — Two people were arrested Feb. 12 on drug charges following a traffic stop initiated by Manchester Police, after a patrol officer noticed a Volvo with faulty equipment at Union and Hanover streets.

Diana Dimartino
Diana Dimartino

Diana Dimartino, 33, of Milford, and Sheldon Wallace, 41, of Concord, were arrested and charged with drug possession based on the following police narrative:

At approximately 6:40 p.m. on Feb. 12 Officer Derek Feather and his trainee Officer James Pittman conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Union Street and Hanover Street after they observed a white Volvo with defective equipment.

Officer Feather observed a female passenger, later identified as Dimartino, seated behind the male driver, later identified as Wallace.  As Officer Feather closed in on the vehicle he allegedly observed Wallace hand off a black backpack to Dimartino. Officer Feather watched Dimartino allegedly reach into her boot after she handed back the backpack to Wallace.

Due to officer safety concerns, Officer Feather told Dimartino to stop reaching into her boot. She initially failed to comply, so he ordered her out of the vehicle.

Sheldon Wallace
Sheldon Wallace

Dimartino stepped to the rear of the Volvo as the officers asked her about the items in her boot. She allegedly refused to answer questions for the officer and did not comply with the investigative detention. Officer Feather conducted a quick pat down before allowing Dimartino to retrieve the items from her boot. She allegedly reached into her boot and threw two small bags into the snow. A police dog assisted in locating the two bags which police said contained a small quantity of crack cocaine.

Officer Feather placed Dimartino into custody and charged her with resisting arrest/detention; and falsifying physical evidence; and possession of a controlled drug (crack-cocaine).

Wallace was also arrested for possession of a controlled drug (heroin). Both appeared in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on February 13, 2015.