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Father, son among 3 arrested in Claremont and Charlestown drug busts
CLAREMONT – Two Summer Street men and a Charlestown man were arrested 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. Thursday morning.
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 N.H. Attorney General’s Drug Task Force arrested Jeremy Salsi, 42, of Old Claremont Road, Charlestown, Thursday.
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-long investigation carried out by Claremont police and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force.
Found in the search of the home was over $4,000 cash, a .22 handgun, about 100 30-milligram capsules of oxycontin pills 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 5th Circuit Court, Claremont District Division, Thursday, when 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 currently being held at the Sullivan County House of Corrections in lieu of bail.
Scott said Mark Colby’s cash bail was higher because the handgun found in the search was found in his belongings and is believed to be his. As a result, he is facing a charge of felon in possession of a firearm, since he is a convicted felon, Scott said.
Scott said the Colby and Salsi 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 Drug Task Force and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.
Additional arrests are expected as a result of the ongoing investigation.
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