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Hingham Scanner Tales: Teen arrested for alleged attempted drug sale

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 5, 2012 04:20 PM

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A Hingham teen was arrested on Friday after allegedly attempting to sell marijuana.

According to police, an officer was checking the area of Triphammer Pond, which is closed after dusk, to ensure that there was no suspicious activity in the area when he came upon a car in the parking lot area.

Five people were inside the car, and another man was standing outside the car area. When the police car’s headlights hit the man standing outside the vehicle, he grabbed his black, L.L. Bean backpack and ran into the woods.

The officer spoke with the group inside the car and asked why their companion had fled. The teens – four 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old – said they weren’t sure, but were just hanging out in the area.

A second officer arrived on scene and went looking for the teen. Although he didn’t find the teen, the officer did recover the backpack that the teen had allegedly fled with.

Inside the bag were five bags with less than an ounce total of marijuana inside, over $600 in cash (including 101 $1 bills), a scale, grinder, pipe, lighter, cell phone, and fake Rhode Island license with a photo of the same man the first officer had seen.

Officers identified the suspect through the five other people in the car, and a canine unit was brought on scene to find the suspect.

According to police, the suspect was sought for his own safety, as the area was dark, wooded, and the temperature was 40 degrees.

The canine led officers to Wompatuck State Park, where officers found a car driving out of the area.

As Wompatuck is also closed during the evenings, officers pulled over the car. The suspect who had fled from the scene was sitting in the back seat, officers said.

According to police, the suspect’s shoes, sweatshirt, and pants were wet, and he had scratches on his face and hands.

Police arrested William J. Hanlon, 18, from Hingham and charged him with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

The five companions in the first car and several companions in the second car were not charged nor cited.

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