Teacher charged with drug possession waives arraignment
Peggy Sinclair, the Broken Ground School teacher charged with drug possession, waived her right to a formal arraignment yesterday at Concord’s district court. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.
Sinclair, who has taught at Broken Ground for 27 years, was arrested in April when she and 22-year-old Matthew Peters were pulled over for illegal passing in Loudon, the police said. According to an affidavit, the state trooper noted the smell of marijuana coming from the car and received a search warrant for the vehicle when Sinclair and Peters did not consent to him looking inside.
The police said they found the following drugs inside the vehicle: a partially burnt marijuana cigarette, a plastic bag containing a white powder and rock substance believed to be cocaine, a plastic bag containing a large amount of marijuana and 30 bupropion pills in a women’s handbag.
Sinclair was charged with possession of prescription drugs without a prescription. Peters, who court documents show was living with Sinclair at the time, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute and possession of a controlled drug.
The case against Peters was dismissed last month when the state “had no witness” at his probable cause hearing, according to court documents. The documents don’t make clear why the state didn’t present any witnesses, and messages left for a state police prosecutor and Peters’s lawyer were not returned.