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Woman charged in federal drug case

NEW IPSWICH — A New Ipswich woman was arrested on drug charges earlier this month, in an investigation that involved the New Ipswich Police Department assisting multiple federal agencies with the arrest.

On Sept. 11, New Ipswich police assisted several federal agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Postal Service and Homeland Security, with the execution of a search warrant at a Philmart Drive address. Police arrested Plabplueng Hayes, the owner and resident of the address, charging her with possession of a controlled drug, believed to be marijuana, with intent to distribute.

According to Lt. Sean Cavanaugh of the New Ipswich Police Department, when police assisted with the search warrant, drugs believed to be marijuana were found in the home. The amount was significant enough to warrant a charge of both possession and attempt to distribute, said Cavanaugh, although he noted the federal agencies would have to decide moving forward whether to pursue that charge.

Hayes, who lives at the residence with her husband, was the only person home at the time of the search, and is currently the only person charged, said Cavanaugh.

Hayes was released on $2,500 personal recognizance, and is scheduled for arraignment at the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey on Nov. 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

Curious. Why is the Food and Drug Administration and Homeland Security involved in a pot bust? Where was the Coast Guard?

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