NH Driver's lack of turn signal leads to drug charges for two passengers after traffic stop
MANCHESTER—A driver not using his turn signal while driving through Manchester led to drug charges for two of his passengers Tuesday.
Police say officer Shawn McKennedy stopped a car on the Bridge Street Bridge about 6:20 p.m. after watching Joshua Nolet, 31, of Manchester not use his turn signals in his 1999 Buick Regal twice while making turns near the bridge.
McKennedy approached the vehicle, which smelled like burnt marijuana and noted two other people seated in the car. Officer Cody Healy arrived on scene and began speaking to the rear seat passenger, who originally provided a false name. The three men exited the vehicle after Nolet granted consent to search the car.
Police say the rear seat passenger was in possession of marijuana and positively identified him as Jonathan Lane, 32 of Brooklyn, New York. The officer placed Lane into custody without incident and seized 2.4 grams of marijuana.
The front seat passenger was identified as Edward Roberts, 37 of Manchester. Roberts was in possession of 6.4 grams of marijuana, over 100 grams of crack cocaine and over $5,000 cash. He too was placed into custody without incident.
Lane was charged with possession of a controlled drug and Roberts was charged with possession of controlled drugs and possession with intent to distribute.
Both men are scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on June 21, 2017.
Nolet was not charged in the incident and released from the scene.