Jan 3, 2016 11:09 AM
CONCORD - Three people from Franklin face charges after state police say they plotted to remove evidence from a car that police had seized on Friday.
The car, a Pontiac Aztec, was parked outside of Troop D in Concord. It had been seized by police on Jan. 1 after a member of the trio had been stopped in Northfield and found to be driving with a suspended license.
Police say they found evidence in the car of illegal drug activity and towed the car to Troop D while they waited for a search warrant. A second member of the trio had been a passenger in the car and police say he provided false information about his identity at the time.
State police say they learned the second man was going to try to get into the seized vehicle to retrieve evidence and early Sunday morning, just before 3 a.m., a Bow police officer on patrol saw a man at the fence line on the I-89 northbound off ramp that overlooks the Troop D barracks. He alerted troopers there.
State police say the man, later identified as Alfred Morin, 31, of Franklin, had a full-face winter hat and a two-way radio in his possession when troopers took him into custody. Shortly thereafter, troopers made contact with two people in a suspicious vehicle parked in the Park N Ride area that abuts the Troop D barracks.
One of the occupants was recognized as the man arrested previously in Northfield, Erik Parker, 44. The driver of the car, a Subaru Outback, was identified as Melinda Hanks, 51.
All three subjects were charged and are being held at the Merrimack County jail. They are scheduled to be arraigned at the Concord District Court on Monday morning.
Parker has been charged, in addition to driving with a suspended licence, with criminal solicitation, attempt to falsify physical evidence, conspiracy to falsify physical evidence and a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to hinder apprehension or prosecution. Parker's bail was set at $5,000 cash.
Morin was charged with attempt to falsify physical evidence, conspiracy to falsify physical evidence and conspiracy to hinder apprehension or prosecution. He was also wanted by the Gilford police on a prior felony charge of motor vehicle theft. Police say Morin refused the services of a bail commissioner.
Hanks was charged with conspiracy to falsify physical evidence and conspiracy to hinder apprehension or prosecution. Hanks bail was set at $2,000 cash.
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