Hingham police arrested a 21-year-old Weymouth man after finding over 2 pounds of marijuana and over one thousand dollars of drug money in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Daniel N. Roberts, 21, of 20 Phillips Street, Weymouth was charged with possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute, criminal possession of marijuana, and marked lanes violation. According to Hingham Police Sgt. Steven Dearth, officers responded to a call of an erratic driver on Main Street near the Hingham Middle School at 8:15 p.m. Saturday night. When officer Ryan Ross observed the car swerve past the white fog line on the right side of the road, they stopped Robert’s 2006 Acura TL at Queen Ann’s Corner on Whiting Street.
When officers approached the suspect, he appeared nervous, he wouldn’t answer simple questions and wouldn’t make eye contact with the officers, police said. Police also smelt the odor of raw marijuana and spotted marijuana shavings on his lap. When the suspect was asked to step out of the vehicle, police found an unlit rolled joint of marijuana on the driver’s door. The Hingham Police K9 was called to the scene and the police dog sniffed around the trunk.
Police found a black backpack in the trunk which contained, 2.24 pounds of marijuana in two large bags. One bag was vacuum sealed while the other contained 15 separate bags of marijuana, police said. Police also found a total of $1,389 dollars rolled up along with two cell phones, a grinder and a pipe. According to Dearth, the cell phones continued to ring throughout the investigation.
According to Dearth, Roberts had been selling hydroponic marijuana, which has a higher THC content and is worth anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 a pound. “I don’t remember catching this much from a routine traffic stop,” Dearth said. “This was one of the larger amounts from a standard stop.” Police conducted a field sobriety test and determined that the suspect was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. Sgt. Dearth said he believes the suspect was swerving on the road because he was either rolling a joint of marijuana or distracted by one of his cell phones. According to police, Roberts was released on personal recognizance on Saturday night. He received a bail warning from a Hingham District Court judge, which means Roberts will be locked up for 60 days if he commits another crime. Roberts will appear back in court on Feb 6.
via : hingham.patch
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