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February 28, 2012

Expired sticker leads to drug bust

SALEM, N.H. — An Amesbury man driving a car with an expired inspection sticker ended up with more than a traffic charge Sunday afternoon.

Officer Mike Verrocchi stopped Brendan Deserres on Route 28 just after 5 p.m. Sunday.

Verrocchi noticed the expired sticker and pulled Deserres over, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said. After checking Deserres' driver's license, Verrocchi discovered the license was under suspension. There was no one else in the car.

Police were taking Deserres into custody when they discovered a backpack stuffed with marijuana. There were 45 bags of marijuana, packaged for sale, police said.

The value of the drugs seized was estimated at $1,000.

Deserres, 25, was held on $1,000 cash bail, pending his arraignment in 10th Circuit Court in Salem.

He is charged with driving after suspension, felony possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and felony transportation of a controlled drug.

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