Friday, August 31, 2007


Tattoos Gave Drug Dealer Away

‘It didn’t take the sleuthing skills of a Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes to figure out who was peddling marijuana to teenagers in Market Square.

Police said 28-year-old Eric Hardcastle’s tattooed eyebrows, head and cheeks made him easy to identify.

Late Monday night, a teenager reported being approached by a man with a heavily tattooed face with three baggies of marijuana for sale. Officers said they found Hardcastle — who has a row of arrows over each brow, a tattoo on his forehead and scalp and matching markings on each cheek — soon afterward at a convenience store. [..]

Despite his run-in with the law, Hardcastle said he likes Portsmouth, where he landed two weeks ago after riding with a trucker.

“I want to make it here,” he said.’

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