Photo: The pot and cash seized by Belmont Police after a traffic stop on the Watertown line.
Editor’s note: The article comes from a press release from the Belmont Police Department.
On Tuesday, June 16, just before 12:30 p.m., Officer Matthew Benoit of the Belmont Police Traffic Division was conducting traffic enforcement at the intersection of Belmont Street and School Street on the Watertown line. Benoit observed a Honda Civic with an expired registration sticker drive past him. Benoit stopped the Honda and was able to confirm that the registration was expired.
Benoit described the operator of the vehicle, Peter Primes, 43, of Sycamore Street, Watertown, as “visibly shaking and very nervous.” Benoit issued Primes a citation and informed him the Honda would be towed from the roadway.
In accordance with department policy, Benoit conducted an inventory search of the vehicle prior to towing. Benoit’s search of the vehicle turned up four one pound vacuum sealed bags of marijuana, seven bags containing 11 ounces of marijuana and eight bags containing 130 grams each of marijuana. In addition to the drugs, Benoit discovered $116,453 in cash inside the vehicle.
Benoit arrested Primes and charged him with possession to distribute a class D drug and diving an unregistered Motor Vehicle.