BRENTWOOD — A Newmarket man accused of posing as an agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration who allegedly told police that claiming to be law enforcement made him feel important has pleaded not guilty.
James Behen, 35, waived his arraignment and entered not guilty pleas in Rockingham County Superior Court after he was indicted last month on felony charges of false personation, attempted false personation and felonious use of a firearm.
The indictments allege Behen pretended to work for DEA when he told a Kingston police officer to disregard his search for reckless motorcycle operators on Sept. 10, 2017, because he claimed DEA agents had already stopped them.
He is accused of making similar claims again on July 19, 2018, when he allegedly told a Kensington police officer that he was a DEA agent while speaking to him about a ticket issued to his wife.
Behen also was allegedly armed with a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun.
According to a Kensington police affidavit, New Hampshire State Police and DEA were familiar with Behen before his arrest after the Kensington incident last summer because they had allegedly caught him impersonating a DEA agent earlier last year and warned him to stop or face federal prosecution.
“James said he would get excitement and it made him feel important when he would impersonate a DEA agent. He felt people treated him differently,” Kensington police Sgt. Scott Cain wrote in the affidavit.
Police found a concealed firearm behind his back, a ballistic vest with a Velcro patch that said “POLICE” under the driver’s seat of his truck, a badge in a belt clip, and blue lights mounted on the passenger’s side visor, the affidavit said.
Behen allegedly told police that he had used the blue lights and displayed a badge during motor vehicle stops. The affidavit said he claimed he had made anywhere from three to five traffic stops between September 2017 and March 2018.
Behen is free on bail.