January 18, 2022

3 rock band groupies held on drug charges

CONCORD, N.H. – Three men who told police they follow a rock band around the country are being held on felony drug charges after about three pounds of marijuana were found in their van.

State troopers pulled over a van on Interstate 95 in Seabrook on Monday after getting calls from drivers in Maine and New Hampshire who said the van was being driven erratically.

They arrested the driver, Samuel Folley of Columbus, Ohio, for drunken driving and then found the marijuana, along with marijuana pipes and scales. They also found pills and powder that is being tested at the state laboratory.

The marijuana is worth about $5,000, Trooper Dan Needham, the arresting officer, said. He said the men told police they had been selling T-shirts and other products at a concert in Lewiston during the weekend.

They said they follow the Phil Lesh and Friends band and were headed to the next concert in Springfield, Mass. Lesh was the Grateful Dead’s bassist.

Folley and two passengers, Timothy Besser of Grand Lake, Mich., and Jerry Weible of Flint, Mich., were held on $50,000 bail for arraignment Friday in Hampton District Court on charges of possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute, Needham said.

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