Driver faces drug, DWI charges

  • Christopher Smith COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 7:29PM

A Massachusetts man was arrested last week after Jaffrey police found two marijuana plants and other drug paraphernalia in his car.

Christopher Smith, 34, of Winchendon is facing charges of manufacturing controlled drugs, DWI, possession of controlled/narcotic drugs, operating without a valid license, and driving after revocation or suspension. Smith also was in violation of Jaffrey’s drug paraphernalia town ordinance (rolling papers).

“In addition to the two potted marijuana plants, [Smith] had soil, a grow light, and other growing materials,” said Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt. “He was also arrested for a warrant out of the Rindge Police Department.”

In addition to the Jaffrey charges, Smith is facing charges of breach of bail, operating after suspension, and willful concealment out of Rindge.

Smith was recognized by police while driving near the River Street Market on July 27 at 7:03 p.m., and promptly stopped after it was realized that he had been found guilty on DWI charges several weeks prior, according to police records.

During the stop, police noticed the smell of alcohol and marijuana coming from the car.

Smith was known to police because he had recently been found guilty of charges stemming from a Jan. 10 Jaffrey arrest. Smith was found guilty of DWI, possession of controlled/narcotic drugs, and operating without a valid license on June 23 at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey.

On the Jaffrey charges, Smith was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and given an Aug. 11 court date at the Cheshire County Superior Court.


Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.