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PORTSMOUTH, NH— If Paul Sans had correctly spelled his alias when stopped for speeding Saturday night, he and his two passengers might not be facing multiple charges alleging they were trafficking cocaine through the city.
State police allege Sans, 26, of 359 Gorham Road, Scarborough, Maine, drove through three states to buy 16 grams of cocaine, which was hidden in a passenger’s vagina at the time of his arrest.
Sans was stopped Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. for driving 69 miles per hour on a 45-mile-per-hour stretch of Interstate 95, and when asked by Trooper Chris Storm to identify himself, he said his name was Jonathan Brackett, state police prosecutor Diane Dubay testified in the District Court Monday. When asked to spell the name, Sans spelled Jonathan, “Jothan,” said Dubay.
Storm ultimately learned Sans’ true identity and that he was wanted by the state of Maine for being a fugitive from justice for a burglary conviction, Dubay told Judge Sawako Gardner. He was arrested on a felony fugitive from justice charge and later, when the 16 grams of cocaine were removed from his passenger’s body cavity, was charged with felony drug possession with intent to distribute, police allege.
State police are also charging Sans with disobeying an officer for giving a false name and a violation-level charge of operating after revocation of his Maine driver’s license.
“I’ll plead guilty to driving the car, but not to the drugs,” Sans said during his Monday arraignment. “I had no idea there were drugs in the car.”
Dubay testified that after Sans was read his Miranda rights, he told the trooper he was paid $100 to drive a couple to Massachusetts specifically to buy cocaine.
“He was an active participant,” said Dubay.
Judge Sawako Gardner ordered Sans held on $10,000 personal recognizance and $5,000 cash bail, to have no contact with codefendants, to stay out of Portsmouth except for legal appointments and to return to the court for a Nov. 5 probable cause hearing. The judge also ordered that if Sans comes up with the $5,000 cash bail, that a hearing be held to determine the source of that cash.
Sans’ passenger, Alicia Kelley, of 40 Falmouth St., Westbrook, Maine, will be arraigned in January on charges alleging she hid the cocaine inside her body. According to State Police Dispatcher Kenny Ryder, Kelley celebrated her 20th birthday the day of her arrest and her arraignment is being postponed because state police will first bring her before a Rockingham County Superior Court grand jury.
Police say that while she was being booked at the Portsmouth police station, Kelley produced the drugs she had hidden in the body cavity, prior to being searched by Officer Laura Purslow.
Kelley’s boyfriend, Bryant Hogan, 22, of 42 Exeter St., Portland, Maine, the second passenger in Sans’ car, was charged with felony drug possession with intent to distribute. During Hogan’s Monday arraignment, Dubay told the court that at the time of his Saturday night arrest, Hogan was on bail for Portland convictions of robbery and drug possession. He was also arrested by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency in April for drug trafficking, said Dubay, noting Saturday’s arrest was the third time Hogan violated terms of his release.
Judge Gardner ordered Hogan held on $10,000 personal recognizance and $15,000 cash bail, to stay out of Portsmouth with the exception of legal appointments, and to return to the court for a Nov. 5 probable cause hearing. Like Sans, if he is able to post the cash bail, a hearing to determine the source is ordered by the court.
PORTSMOUTH HERALD
 
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