May 7, 2016 3:42 PM
Manchester's man plea to toss evidence in meth case rejected by judge
BRENTWOOD — A judge rejected a second bid by a Manchester man to throw out evidence he had been pulled over along Route 101 with materials used to make methamphetamine.
The Union-Leader reported Derrick Hentschel, 33, is headed to trial the week of June 20 on two counts of attempted manufacture of methamphetamine for allegedly having a variety of ingredients in the van he was driving used for making the drug.
His lawyer, Patrick Fleming, asked a judge to reconsider whether state police were justified in towing Hentschel’s vehicle on the night of April 23, 2015 because it posed a danger in the roadway. Fleming also contended that troopers should have gotten a search warrant before looking through the vehicle.
At the time, Hentschel was being taken into custody on an outstanding warrant after being pulled over along Route 101 in Hampton for a taillight that was not working.
State police found that the van had solvents, sodium hydroxide and other chemicals used to make meth, prosecutors said.