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Kingston man jailed after police find 15 pounds of marijuana

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A Sunshine Drive resident was arrested Monday with 15 pounds of marijuana, the culmination of a six-month investigation by local and federal investigators.

Investigators witnessed a drug deal outside Scott Bettano’s home at 7 p.m. Monday and seized a pound of marijuana. A subsequent search of his residence yielded 14 more pounds of the drug. Police valued the marijuana at approximately $40,000.

The marijuana was apparently was being shipped through the mail from California to New Hampshire. The large shipments came to Bettano, who then sold smaller amounts at the street level, police said.

Bettano, 37, is charged with the sale of a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. He was arraigned Tuesday and is being held at the county jail on $20,000 cash bail.

Police also seized $3,000 in cash, a vacuum seal bag, a scale and packaging materials from Bettano’s home.

The pound of drugs seized after the drug buy was packaged in a plastic “smelly-proof” bag, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department. The bag was labeled as being from California, the drug for medicinal purposes only.

The marijuana found inside the house was packaged and labeled in a similar manner, according to police.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Kingston and Plaistow Police Departments participated in the investigation.

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