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September 2014


Sussex man says pot charges would have been worse if garbage man hadn't warned about police coming

Michael J. Verrier, 18, of Sussex is facing drug charges after police searched his home and found paraphernalia, hash and money.

According to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 6, police searched the home after conducting an investigation based on tips from neighbors about suspicious activity. Police arrested Verrier on Nov. 9 and he admitted he purchases a quarter pound of marijuana about every week, but he has someone else sell it, according to the complaint. He said he would meet with the person who sells it in his subdivision to give him the marijuana.
The complaint states that police searched Verrier’s home on Nov. 9 and found paraphernalia including a marijuana pipe with residue, hash and $630. However, the complaint says that prior to the police search a garbage man told Verrier’s mother that police may be searching his home. According to the complaint Verrier’s mother told her son to remove all drugs and drug paraphernalia because the police were probably going to search the home. Verrier told police if the garbage man had not told his mother, he probably would have more narcotics at his home, the complaint reads.
If convicted of all charges, he faces more than three years in jail, driver’s license suspension and more than $10,000 in fines. His initial appearance is Feb. 18.

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