Sheriff's Dept. makes drug bust in Alton

ALTON — A Belknap County sheriff's deputy seized several ounces of marijuana at 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning after he spoke with two people who were in a "potentially disabled" car on Main Street.

Jeffrey G. Boucher, 27, of 12 Meadowview Drive in Newton, N.H. was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled drug, one felony count of possession of a controlled drug, and one count of felony possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. Boucher is the owner and was the driver of the car.

Patrick E. Hanlon, 29, of 3 Patriot Drive in East Hampstead, N.H. was a passenger in the car and was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

Deputy Justin Blanchette said he went up to the car when he saw it by the side of the street and detected evidence of marijuana. He said he discovered marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms in plain view.

Police towed the car back to the Belknap County Sheriffs Department where it was impounded and searched after sheriff's obtained a search warrant. Along with the marijuana,, police allegedly found a digital scale and packaging equipment.

Both men were released on personal recognizance bail and given an August 22 appearance date at the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.