Officer's suspicion leads to bag of marijuana
MANCHESTER - A city man was arrested on drug and stolen property charges after an officer became 'suspicious' after seeing him reclining in the driver's seat of a car parked in a 'No Parking' zone on Amherst Street at 2:30 in the morning Wednesday, with the engine running and parking lights on.
Police said when the officer inquired, Jonathan E. Bishop-Sullivan, 21, said he was locked out of his new apartment in the area of Amherst and Hanover streets, although he couldn't provide an exact address. At his arraignment later in the morning, his address was listed as 450 Maple St.
Court documents show that when the officer said he smelled marijuana, Bishop-Sullivan said he'd smoked some hours earlier. But the officer said it wasn't a burnt marijuana smell, and he asked Bishop-Sullivan to step out for a pat-down.
Nothing was found on Bishop-Sullivan's person, but the officer reported he saw a wet, torn plastic bag on the dry ground where Bishop-Sullivan was standing, and Bishop-Sullivan had traces of green vegetative matter in his mouth.
The officer obtained permission to search the vehicle and reported finding in the trunk a bag containing 3.6 ounces of suspected marijuana and 12 electronic items, including an iPad, cell phones, laptops and cameras.
Bishop-Sullivan was charged with felony possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell and misdemeanor receiving stolen property.
Police said the new I-Leads online program used to track stolen property enabled them to match up the iPad found in Bishop-Sullivan's car with property reported stolen in a Feb. 27 burglary. They are seeking to identify owners of other items found in the vehicle.
At his arraignment later in the morning in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, Bishop-Sullivan pleaded innocent to the stolen property charge, saying the iPad was a gift and he didn't know it was stolen. Trial was set for June 12.
He could enter no plea to the felony drug charge, so a probable cause hearing was set for April 11. Bail is a total of $3,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.