By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
---- — SALEM, N.H. —Two people were arrested on drug charges in a convenience store parking lot, where they reportedly had been parked for two days.
Geroge Pappargeris, 40, of Salem and Amie Viera, 29, of Methuen had heroin and drug paraphernalia in the car, police said.
Employees at Circle K convenience store at 242 N. Broadway called police Thursday morning to report a Chevrolet Cavalier with Maine plates had been parked by the outdoor vacuum for two days, according to Detective Sgt. Michael Kelly.
When officers responded, Pappargeris was behind the wheel, Viera in the passenger’s seat and drug paraphernalia in plain view, Kelly said.
Police received the suspects’ consent to search the car, which is registered to Viera, and found a small amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
The two were arrested without incident, Kelly said. Pappargeris and Viera told police they had recently been homeless, he said.
The car was towed and will be searched for any further contraband when detectives execute a search warrant for the vehicle, Kelly said.
Both were arraigned in 10th Circuit Court in Salem Thursday afternoon.
Pappargeris is charged with transportation of heroin; he was released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
Viera faces a charge of possession of a controlled drug. She was unable to post $750 cash bail and was taken to the county jail.