2 arrested after police find backpack full of drugs during NH traffic stop

MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) - Two men are facing criminal charges after a traffic stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, ended with the seizure of a firearm and a backpack full of drugs early Monday morning.

Officers patrolling the Bridge Street area around 1 a.m. stopped a motorist who appeared to be acting suspicious, according to the Manchester Police Department.

The driver, 26-year-old Jesse Bauchman, of Manchester, was found to be in possession of a 9mm pistol, police said. Officers later learned that Bauchman was a convicted felon.

A search of his car is said to have yielded a backpack stuffed with crack, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and marijuana.

Bauchman is charged with possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute, being a convicted felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, felonious use of a firearm, and operating after suspension.

Maneston Odige, 35, of Manchester, is also charged with possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute.

Both men were slated to be arraigned Monday in Hillsborough Superior Court.

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