LACONIA — A Belknap County grand jury has indicted an Appleton Street man for two counts of possession of a controlled drug – methamphetamine – with intent to sell, and one count of possession of heroin.
The N.H. State Attorney General's Office is prosecuting Peter Dauphin, 43, of 19 Appleton St.
Dauphin was arrested on School Street near his home after a routine traffic stop in which police said he squealed his tires while going from Clinton Street to Elm Street around 10:30 p.m. After following him to the corner of School and Appleton streets, police stopped Dauphin and said the license plates didn't belong to him.
During an inventory search of the car, police allegedly found some methamphetamine under the driver's seat and used that discovery to justify searching his home where they allegedly found 6.8 ounces of methamphetamine and $11,000 cash.
While Laconia Police were searching his home, Gilford Police searched his car repair business and allegedly found a small amount of heroin. It is not known where the heroin was found, but police allegedly searched all the cars and toolboxes in the shop and in the parking area.
During Dauphin's probable cause hearing, Atty. Mark Sisti argued that the car was still registered to the original owner and, despite the fact that Dauphin had bought it, he hadn't changed any of the paperwork.
Sisti also said noted that Dauphin was feet from his own property and called and paid for towing his car to his driveway. Police testified that they still had the right to search the car even if it wasn't going to be impounded.
A Laconia narcotics detective testified that Dauphin allegedly admitted the methamphetamine was his, that he used it and that he brought three or four ounces a week for sale into the area.
Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division Judge Jim Carroll determined there was probable cause to sustain the arrest and set his bail at $65,000 cash-only. Dauphin posted bail after the Belknap County Attorney agreed that the source of the money was not from drug sales.
The case will be tried in the Belknap County Superior Court however presiding Justice James O'Neill will not be hearing it.
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