UPDATE: Charges still pending for Derry auto dealer where meth lab was found
DERRY— State police have not yet filed charges against the Derry auto dealer and inspection station that was issuing fraudulent inspections and allegedly manufacturing meth.
The investigation started after a routine traffic stop conducted by the Windham Police Department, according to Staff Sgt. Andrew Player of State Police Troop G. During the stop, officers noticed the car's inspection stickers weren't only expired, but also didn't even belong to that car.
State Police became involved and executed a search warrant at Auto Alley in Derry on Wednesday morning. The business is an auto dealer, inspection station and repair shop.
"We found other vehicles that had valid inspection stickers removed from them and attached to other vehicles that did not have proper inspections," Player said.
During the search, police also found materials associated with making meth. They obtained another search warrant and brought in the DEA to secure the hazardous materials.
On Thursday, there was a neon "closed" sign in the window of the shop. Player said shortly after the search, state officials halted operations at the Rockingham Road business.
"The automobile dealership and its inspection station privileges have been immediately suspended by the Director of Motor Vehicles and they will be afforded an opportunity within ten days to have a hearing regarding those privileges," he said.
Player could not comment on how many people are implicated in the case or how long the fraudulent inspection practices have been going on. He encouraged anyone who had their vehicle inspected at Auto Alley and are concerned should contact Troop G at 603-223-8778.
As the investigation is still active, charges have not yet been filed, but Player said several entities could be charged.
"There could be penalties for manufacturing of a controlled drugs, as well as misdemeanor charges for individuals for affixing the improper inspection stickers and potential felony charges against the business for allowing those stickers to be placed on vehicles," he said.