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Traffic stop leads to seizure of heroin, multiple charges for Mass. man

By CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent

September 13. 2017 12:13AM
JASON BELMER 

The Salem Police Department say roughly $71,000 in cash and suspected heroin and fentanyl was located in the vehicle of a Haverhill, Mass., man following an Aug. 31 stop on South Broadway. (Salem Police Department)

SALEM — A Massachusetts man who was stopped for reckless operation on South Broadway faces multiple new drug charges after police said a search of his car uncovered a large amount of heroin.

Jason Belmer, 38, of 29 Marina Drive, Haverhill, Mass., appeared impaired when he was stopped Aug. 31, police said. “There was a small amount of drugs, so he was arrested for DWI, transporting drugs, possession of drugs and resisting arrest,” said Capt. Joel P. Dolan.

Belmer was released on $5,000 cash bail in that incident.

When he appeared in court for arraignment Monday, he was arrested on felony drug charges.

Officers seized his vehicle after they said they saw evidence of drugs and that he had tried to flee.

Police searched the car and said they found bags of white powder; a kilogram-sized, tightly wrapped package of white powder believed to be heroin and fentanyl; items used in the packaging of narcotics; and $71,000 in cash. As Belmer arrived at the Salem district court for his arraignment to answer the original charges, police say he was taken into custody without incident and had his bail raised to $25,000 cash.


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