By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
SANBORNTON — Police charged a man who was renting a space in a Bay Road industrial building with possession with intent to sell methamphetamine after following up on a complaint on Tuesday that two women were sleeping there when they shouldn't have been.
Robert DuPont, 53, of Sanbornton is also charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest for allegedly trying to get away from the arresting officer.
Police Chief Steve Hankard said an officer went to 31 Bay Road to check out the complaint and found an apartment in an office space near a small auto and motorcycle mechanic shop that DuPont runs.
In the unlawful apartment, police saw a clear plastic bag containing less than an ounce of methamphetamine and packaging materials.
"It was more than just for personal use," said Hankard, who added that while the methamphetamine was all in one package, there were packaging materials as well.
Sanbornton Police received a search warrant and, a New Hampshire State Police K-9, found multiple guns, documentation of drugs sales, and additional packaging materials.
Additionally, Fire Chief Paul Dexter determined that the apartment was unlawfully constructed, according to life-safety codes, and DuPont and the property owners were served notice of the issue.
The property is owned by Allen Michael LLC and is in an industrial zone according to the New Hampshire Secretary of State website and Sanbornton property tax records.
Hankard said the property owners were fully cooperative with police and the two women were visiting DuPont. They were questioned and released.
DuPont was held overnight on $5,000 cash bail. Hankard said he was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon at the Belknap County Superior Court but the Belknap County Attorney's office decided to hold the case for indictment. DuPont is no longer incarcerated in the Belknap County House of Corrections.
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