Drug charges added to man stopped for DWI

LACONIA — A Belmont man was arrested on Thursday when a sheriff's deputy stopped the Jeep Cherokee he was driving on the wrong side of Meredith Center Road and subsequently discovered drugs and cash in the vehicle.
Joseph Daniel Morrissette, 23, of 10 Orchard Hill Road, Unit 106 was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, a felony, and possession of a controlled drug in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, as well as driving while intoxicated.
Deputy Justin Blanchette of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department stopped Morrissette shortly after 3 p.m. Smelling a strong odor of marijuana, Sergeant Dustin Parent and K-9 Agbar of the Gilford Police were brought to the scene where one to two ounces of marijuana packaged for sale, significant amount of cash and other evidence was found.
Morrissette was released on $8,000 personal recognizance bail and scheduled to be arraigned in 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on May 23.