A Moultonborough man is due in court in June after allegedly hiding heroin after a passenger in his car overdosed.
Justin Alan Vappi, 25, was arrested at 7 p.m. on April 5, and charged with possession of controlled drugs and falsifying evidence, both felonies.
According to a Concord Police arrest report, officers were called to Sam’s Club on Sheep Davis Road for a report of a man who was in a car and reportedly had overdosed on drugs. The reporting officer was flagged down by Vappi who was reportedly standing next to 1997 Honda Civic coupe in the parking lot. The passenger side door was open and a nurse was giving aid to a man who appeared to be unconscious in the front seat, according to the report. The officer alleged that the man had a hypodermic needle sticking out of his left front pants pocket, which the officer confiscated and logged as evidence.
A Concord Fire and Rescue team arrived at the scene and transported the man who overdosed to Concord Hospital.
The officer then spoke with Vappi about what happened. Vappi allegedly stated that he was heading from Moultonborough to Gloucester, Mass., where he was due to go out on a commercial fishing boat. He allegedly stated that his passenger injected heroin into himself as they were driving on I-93. Vappi allegedly stated that he was heading to Taco Bell to get something to eat when the man collapsed in the car. Vappi drove to Sam’s Club and called for help, the officer stated.
Meanwhile, witnesses were calling dispatch with information about the situation too, including an allegation that someone had hidden something in the bushes near the car.
A Merrimack Count Sheriff’s deputy arrived to watch Vappi while the officer – and other officers – inspected the area around the bushes.
Vappi was asked what was in the bushes and he allegedly stated that he had thrown an empty beer can there because he didn’t want to get in trouble, according to the officer.
Other witnesses, including Sam’s Club customers, reported the exact area that Vappi was allegedly in when he disposed of the items.
The reporting officer found an LL Bean knapsack, with doodles on it, tucked away between a wall and an electrical box. The knapsack allegedly contained “several packets of heroin, a spoon, and several hypodermic needles,” according to the report. An inventory later revealed 11 packets of heroin, eight needles, and other items, including Vappi’s paperwork from the Suboxone clinic.
While one officer went into Sam’s Club to examine video surveillance, the reporting officer spoke to Vappi again and he allegedly admitted to hiding the knapsack because he was worried his passenger would get into trouble.
The video reportedly confirmed what Vappi admitted to and he was arrested.
Vappi was later released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and is due in court on June 3.