- Associated Press - Monday, February 20, 2017

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s highest court will decide next month what evidence can be used in the trial of a man facing drug sales charges.

Police arrested Peter Dauphin during an April 2015 traffic stop in Laconia after finding a bag containing what they believed was crystal methamphetamine.

Dauphin was previously convicted of selling drugs and could face a life sentence if convicted. Dauphin, of Laconia, has pleaded not guilty.

The defense successfully argued at the trial court level that police didn’t control Dauphin’s car when they ordered it towed and wrongfully inventoried its contents.

The Laconia Daily Sun reports (https://bit.ly/2kYZDoP) the high court will examine the police department’s policy of performing an inventory search of vehicles before they’re towed. Oral arguments are scheduled for March 9.

Prosecutors say police acted lawfully.

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Information from: The Laconia Daily Sun.


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