Nov 9, 2016 3:03 PM
NORTH HAMPTON — A large quantity of marijuana and over $30,000 was recovered from a vehicle that was pulled over for driving too fast.
Nicholas Leone, 27 of Worchester, Mass., was traveling 90 mph southbound in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 95 in North Hampton.
The trooper approached the car and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the car. Leone admitted to being in possession of a quantity of marijuana, which he gave to the trooper, state police said.
Leone was taken into custody while a tow truck was called to remove the car from the highway.
While performing an inventory of the contents of the car, the trooper observed more marijuana in plain view in a duffel bag located in the trunk, state police said.
The trooper immediately stopped the inventory and obtained a search warrant for the vehicle.
The trooper then recovered approximately seven more pounds of marijuana, packaging material and $31,262 in United States currency. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is about $21,000, state police said.
Leone was charged with possession of a controlled drug, transportation of a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 12, 2017.
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