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Claremont father, son arrested on heroin counts


CLAREMONT — Two Summer Street men and a Charlestown man were busted on heroin charges Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into drug crimes in the region, Claremont Police Chief Alex Scott said.

Father and son, Roger Colby, 49, and Mark Colby, 30, were arrested after Claremont police executed a search warrant at their residence at 87 Summer St.

Roger Colby was charged with four counts of sale of heroin. Each charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $300,000 fine.

Mark Colby was charged with possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute. The charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

In addition, Claremont and Charlestown police and the New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force arrested Jeremy Salsi, 42, of Old Claremont Road, Charlestown, in Charleston.

Salsi was charged with four counts of sale of controlled drugs (heroin). Each charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Police said the Colby home was searched as a result of a four-month investigation carried out by Claremont police and the New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force.

Found in the search was more than $4,000 cash, a .22 handgun, about one hundred 30 milligrams pills of oxycontin with an estimated street value of $3,000 and about 600 bags of heroin with an estimated street value of $3,000.

All three men were arraigned in the Fifth Circuit Court, Claremont District Division. Mark Colby's bail was set at $250,000 cash only; Roger Colby's bail was set at $50,000 cash only; and Salsi's bail was set at $5,000 cash only. All three are being held at the Sullivan County House of Corrections in lieu of bail.

Scott said Mark Colby's cash bail was higher because a handgun found is believed to be his. As a result, he is facing a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Scott said.

Scott said the Colbys' and Salsi's arrests are not connected, but are related in that they resulted as part of a regionwide investigation of drug crimes.

"There's an ongoing investigation, multiple separate investigations relative to drug dealing in the county," Scott said.

Agencies involved include Claremont, Charlestown, Goshen and Newport police as well as the state Drug Task Force and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department.

mpierce@newstote.com

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