Published DateLACONIA — A Laconia man was ordered held on $500 cash and $2,000 personal recognizance bail after being charged with multiple drug offenses Thursday afternoon by the Belknap County Sheriffs Office.
Joseph R. Marquis, 22, of 5A Dewey St. is charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, and three felonies — one for possession of oxycodone with the intent to sell it, one for possession of prescription Adderall, and one count of possession of Xanax.
He appeared in a video arraignment in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division yesterday at 1 p.m. before Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon.
According to affidavits, a Sheriffs deputy was parked in front of the Laconia Spa in a marked cruiser Wednesday afternoon at 1:43 p.m.
The deputy said he observed two men pacing back and forth in front of the store. He said they briefly spoke once and he said it appeared the two men were waiting for someone.
He said the store is posted "No Trespassing — Police Take Notice." He said he saw Marquis, with whom he is familiar and who he has arrested before for drugs, walk up to one of the men, hand him something hand and have a short conversation with him.
The deputy spoke to the two men who said they had asked Marquis if he had an cigarettes and he had told them no. They said he had gone into the Spa to buy some.
Marquis exited the Spa and began walking down Church Street. The deputy met him at the corner of River Street and the two exchanged pleasantries.
Marquis told the deputy he didn't have any drugs on him, only a glass pipe that he had bought for smoking tobacco. The deputy noted that he had never seen a glass pipe used for tobacco and asked Marquis if he could search him.
He said Marquis assented and as the deputy began the search, he said Marquis admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in a pill bottle. He told the deputy he had two cigarette packs in his pocket.
The deputy determined Marquis had 17-1/2 30 milligram pills of oxycodone in one bag and one-half a Xanax pill and three Adderall in another.
BCSC Deputy Judy Estes and Public Defender Kate Geraci agreed on $500 cash bail and Gordon set personal recognizance bail for $2,000 on his own.