Police: Officers find kilo of suspected drugs, thousands in cash after traffic stop in NH
SALEM — A traffic stop led police to what they suspect is a large amount of drugs and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.
Salem police stopped a car Aug. 31 that was allegedly operating recklessly on South Broadway. Officers believed that the operator, Jason Belmer, 38, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was impaired and also saw a cut straw and some white powder, police said.
When officers began to question Belmer while he was outside of his vehicle, he ran back and attempted to flee. Belmer was restrained but police say he yelled at his passenger to also get back into the vehicle and drive away.
Belmer was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and transporting drugs and his vehicle was seized. After police obtained a warrant, the vehicle was searched and police found $71,000 in cash and what they suspect to be a kilo-sized package of heroin/fentanyl as well as numerous bags of the narcotics and items for packaging and distribution.
When Belmer arrived at Salem district court to appear on his original charges, he was arrested on additional three counts of possession of drugs with intent to sell that resulted from the search of his car.
Belmer was being held on $25,000 cash bail.