KENSINGTON, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire man who once claimed he found some antique money buried in a Massachusetts yard is facing new, unrelated charges.

Barry Billcliff of Danville was charged Tuesday with being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon and felonious possession of a controlled drug after his pickup truck was stopped in Kensington because it was missing a front license plate.

Kensington police said a check showed that Billcliff was operating with a suspended license, the third time he had been charged with that offense. Police said they searched the truck and found a Taser-like device disguised as a cell phone, brass knuckles and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

In April 2005, Billcliff and some friends said they found a stash of antique money in the back yard of a Methuen, Mass., home. But police said the men actually found the money in an old farmhouse in Newbury, Mass., where they were doing roof work.

Larceny charges were eventually dropped against the men after a judge ruled that the money was abandoned property.



Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

AP-ES-09-18-08 1957EDT


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