Large crack cocaine bust in Walmart parking lot in Lebanon

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Eric Francis

Street value of drugs put at $10,000

LEBANON, NH - Police spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart Plaza in West Lebanon over the noon hour on Monday and ended up arresting a Vermont man for allegedly possessing nearly 32 grams of crack cocaine.

Baggies of crack rocks seized during Monday's bust in the Walmart Plaza parking lot (Lebanon Police Photo)

    Matthew Horton, 28, of Cavendish, Vermont and Nichole Wentworth, 35, of Epping, New Hampshire initially provided false identities when officers began questioning them about indications of recent drug use within the vehicle, according to police.

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       Horton has been charged with felony possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute as well as felony possession of the controlled drug Alprazolam and a misdemeanor count of making a false statement to law enforcement.  Horton refused bail and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending an arraignment later today.

    Horton's record in Vermont includes convictions for the theft of a car and car stereos when he was a teenager and a year-long stint in jail for two felony burglary convictions that followed a wave of break-ins from West Windsor to Springfield in which large amounts of scrap metal and copper wire were stolen.

Matthew Horton, 28, of Cavendish, Vermont is facing a felony crack cocaine possession charge

    Wentworth was detained because of a warrant for her arrest that had been issued by Rockingham County after she failed to appear there to answer a previously filed charge alleging possession of heroin.  She was transferred to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department on Monday to await her formal arraignment in that county.

Nichole Wentworth, 35, of Epping, New Hamsphire is facing a heroin possession charge

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