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Salem man allegedly dealing drugs in Walmart parking lot backs into police trying to flee

By RYAN LESSARD
Union Leader Correspondent

June 20. 2018 11:50AM




STEPHAN MARTIN

SALEM — Police said Stephan Martin, 46, was dealing heroin and cocaine out of his car at the Walmart parking lot on North Broadway when they arrested him Monday.

Martin, of 8 Dyson Drive, was allegedly found with a plastic baggy of suspected heroin and a baggy police believe to be cocaine. Police also seized $685 in cash. Another 10 grams of heroin were seized from a buy that was under surveillance, police said.

Martin attempted to flee, police said, driving his vehicle backward into an unmarked police vehicle being driven by a Salem officer. He was taken into custody without further incident at 2:01 p.m.

The officer driving the car was uninjured.

Police said a search warrant later executed at Martin’s home led to the discovery of 100 grams of heroin or fentanyl, 50 grams of cocaine, 35 prescription pills and $2,738 in cash.

Police also found tools and a furnace, many of which were determined to be items from burglaries in Pelham. The other items included a generator, a compressor, some circle saws, some propane heaters and four ceiling fans.

Martin has been charged with three counts of a sale of a controlled drug (heroin/fentanyl), three counts of transporting drugs in a motor vehicle, four counts of possession of a controlled drug, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon (vehicle).

More charges may be added after police investigate the origin of the stolen items and determine if any other items on the property were stolen.

The arrest followed an investigation by Salem police.

“He’s been on our radar for a little while,” said Capt. Joel Dolan, the operations bureau commander for Salem police.

Dolan said the investigation lasted for a few months.

Martin is to be arraigned today at 1 p.m. at the Rockingham County Superior Court, according to the court.

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