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Police: Drug charges stem from loitering at Hampton town offices

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

August 16. 2017 12:29AM
Clockwise from top left: Justin Lafountain, Tyrell Johnson, Nicole Jones, and Matthew Lafountain. 

HAMPTON — Four people were arrested in Hampton early Tuesday morning after police said they found them loitering in the town office parking lot.

According to Deputy Chief David Hobbs, the officer observed suspicious behavior at 100 Winnacunnet Road at 2:55 a.m. They followed a vehicle driven by Justin Lafountain, 28, of Vassalboro, Maine, for a short distance before pulling him over on Lafayette Road.

Officers said the people could not give a legitimate reason for being in the parking lot, “which warranted alarm for the safety of the property in the area,” Hobbs said in a press release.

As the officers went to arrest the front passenger, Tyrell Johnson, 19, of Rockaway Park, N.Y., took off running, Hobbs said.

Officers pursued Johnson and were able to get him into custody by using a Taser. Johnson was charged with loitering, resisting arrest and falsely reporting to law enforcement because he provided the officers with a name that is not his, Hobbs said.

Johnson is being held on $7,500 cash bail and is scheduled for trial Oct. 3 at Seabrook Circuit Court.

Hobbs said Lafountain was arrested for loitering, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled drugs and possession of drugs in a vehicle. Lafountain was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 10 at Seabrook Circuit Court.

Hobbs said passenger Nicole Jones, 22, of Vassalboro, Maine, was arrested for loitering and falsely reporting to law enforcement for providing incorrect information to an officer. Jones was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 10 at Seabrook Circuit Court.

Passenger Matthew Lafountain, 32, of Vassalboro, Maine, was arrested for loitering and possession of a controlled drug, which is believed to be heroin. Matthew Lafountain is being held on $5,000 cash bail and is scheduled for a probable cause hearing Aug. 29 at Seabrook Circuit Court, Hobbs said.

Police officials are urging anyone with information about this incident to contact the police department at 929-4444. Anonymous tips can be made at www.tipsubmit.com.


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