, Salem, MA

December 6, 2012

Drug charge against Salem man dropped


---- — SALEM — The case against one of those caught up in a law enforcement drug sweep in October that netted him and five others — including the owner of the Bangkok Paradise restaurant — was dismissed Tuesday.

Salem District Court Judge Michael Uhlarik granted a motion to dismiss the case against Jason Gentry, 32, of 5 Station Road, Salem, according to the Essex County district attorney’s office.

During his arraignment in Salem District Court on Oct. 19, Gentry pleaded not guilty to a single charge of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. He had been arrested following a multi-agency drug investigation in which search and arrest warrants were executed at 10 locations on the North Shore during an early morning sweep, according to a press release that morning from the district attorney’s office. There were six arrests, and drugs, guns and cash were seized in Lynn, Peabody, Salem and Danvers.

At the time of his arraignment, prosecutors had asked that Gentry be held on $1,000 cash bail, but the judge at the time ordered him released on his own recognizance. He was given a bail warning to stay free from trouble.

At the time, Gentry’s attorney, Raymond Buso, told the judge that he could not understand the request for bail since Gentry has strong ties to the community. He’s a father of four who works 90 hours a week managing the family-owned Giovanni’s Pizza and Roast Beef restaurant on Jefferson Avenue.