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RICHMOND — Local police seized more than 12 ounces of marijuana earlier this month after a traffic stop related to a Hopkinton domestic case. Officers said they found the marijuana in a large bucket on the floor of the suspect's car.

John P. Vigue, 43, was arraigned Tuesday in Fourth Division District Court on charges of domestic unlawful breaking and entering, domestic willful trespassing, vandalism and violation of a protective order. He was also expected to face a Richmond charge of possession of more than an ounce of marijuana.

Vigue, last known to live at 201 Main St. in Hopkinton, did not enter a plea. He was released on a promise to appear in Washington Superior Court for a felony screening in September.

Richmond police arrested Vigue on June 15 after he was found near the Family Dollar Store in the Chariho Shopping Plaza parking lot.   Hopkinton officers had requested assistance with their search earlier in the day. Vigue was wanted under the state's 24-hour domestic violence law.

A police report said the officer could "smell a pungent odor of marijuana and observed a large bucket on the (front) passenger's side floor nearly filled with with dried marijuana." Police seized the bucket and its contents, a total of 12.7 ounces.

Vigue was taken into custody and then released to the Hopkinton police. He had initially been ordered held without bond after failing to appear for a court hearing on June 18, court records show, but turned himself in Tuesday morning.

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