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Grand jury adds two charges in drug possession case
BRENTWOOD — A Derry man is facing more drug charges after a grand jury considered the evidence leading to his arrest in March.
Michael Byron, 35, was indicted on five felony charges in Rockingham County Superior Court for allegedly being caught with 150 oxycodone pills outside of a Salem motel.
Byron was arrested on March 29 along with another Derry man after they were spotted sitting in a pickup truck in the back parking lot of the Park View Inn.
A grand jury added two charges to Byron’s case because he allegedly had cocaine on him as well, according to court records.
He is now facing two counts of possession of a controlled drug, two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell, and single counts of falsifying physical evidence and resisting arrest.
Byron faces up to 20 to 40 years in state prison on one of the drug charges because of a 1995 conviction in Derry.
Byron drew the attention of police who were patrolling the parking lot of the Park View Inn on March 29.
“The vehicle was parked in the rear of the lot despite there being many open parking spots closer to the motel,” police Officer Nicholas Turner wrote in a sworn affidavit.
Byron quickly exited the truck when Turner approached.
Turner spotted a rolled up dollar bill and “a greenish clear plastic baggie with a large quantity of round pills inside,” when he walked past the pickup truck to speak with Byron and Quimby, police said.
Byron allegedly told police that the pills belonged to him and claimed he had a prescription. Police say Byron attempted to conceal another clear plastic baggie with a large number of pills underneath the vehicle by throwing them. The tossed bag had 150 oxycodone pills, police said.
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James A. Kimble may be reached at JKimble@newstote.com.
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