Judge Sets $30K Bail for Haverhill Man Who Forced Police to Strip Search Him to Locate Hidden Fentanyl

Pierre Thibault as seen in a 2015 Rochester, N.H. police booking photograph. (Courtesy photograph)

A 24-year-old city man forced Haverhill Police to do an intimate strip search after he attempted to conceal suspected fentanyl while being booked for a motor vehicle-related arrest on May 22, WHAV has confirmed.

Pierre Thibault has been ordered held on $30,000 bail after being arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute approximately 20 grams of suspected fentanyl and suspected crack cocaine.

According to Detective Sean Harrison, Thibault was found to be driving with a suspended license when Haverhill Police encountered him on River Street. Once stopped, police say Thibault was in possession of a “rock like substance” in his sweatshirt pocket, which Harrison believed to be crack cocaine.

While awaiting transport back to the Bailey Boulevard police station, Officer Zachary Bouchard observed Thibault “moving his buttocks in an unusual manner as if he was trying to manipulate something,” Harrison said. Later, during a pat-down, Thibault’s actions led officers to believe he was concealing contraband.

Strip-searched by police, Thibault was found to be hiding a plastic bag with a white substance between his legs. Allegedly refusing to comply with police instructions, Thibault was escorted down to the ground by Officer Michael Tortorise and Detective Dana Burrill “to prevent any possible destruction of evidence.” He is known to destroy contraband by swallowing, police said.

Thibault’s latest brush with Haverhill Police comes four years after he was arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge for allegedly swiping a cash box from Girl Scouts selling cookies in Rochester, N.H.

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