SALEM — A Salem man has been charged with multiple heroin and cocaine distribution counts following a monthlong investigation by Salem police detectives.
Marvin Lambert, 24, who is described in court documents as homeless, was “selling to every Tom, Dick and Harry who comes around,” said Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski during Lambert’s arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court.
Lambert was arrested Friday evening by police, who had obtained both a search warrant for 86 Congress St. and an arrest warrant.
The search turned up cocaine, a small amount of heroin, a number of pills, $886 in cash, digital scales, packaging material, and, said Prosniewski, a bulletproof vest.
Lambert came onto the detectives’ radar about a month ago, after Detectives Kevin St. Pierre and Dennis Gaudet both received information independently that there was a new dealer in town. A series of undercover purchases by a Salem police detective led to the issuance of search and arrest warrants.
Defense attorney Leslie Salter argued for her client’s release, suggesting that Lambert has stayed out of trouble for more than four years and that his past record happened while “he was going through a tough time in his life.”
She also pointed to a number of family members who had come to court to show their support for Lambert, who pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Judge Robert Brennan set bail at a total of $10,000, an amount the family indicated they could not post.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 28.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.