, Salem, MA

July 5, 2013

Police: Youth ditches bag with pot, pay stubs

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff writer

---- — SALEM — Police say a youth who fled from officers on Harbor Street Tuesday night left behind a backpack containing drug-dealing supplies — and pay stubs carrying his name.

The officers were on patrol at Palmer and Park streets about 9:30 p.m. when they noticed a group of approximately 10 youths “blocking the sidewalk,” according to the incident log.

“This corner is known for youths to hang around and cause trouble,” police wrote.

The officers got out of their cruiser and began talking with the youths, then proceeded to begin a pat-frisk “for our safety.” As they did so, a black or Hispanic male wearing a black sweatshirt and gray sweatpants dropped his black North Face backpack and took off running.

Officers weren’t able to catch him during a foot pursuit that ensued through the parking lot of the Pequot Filling Station and backyard of 50 Dow St., but they confiscated the backpack. They found six small baggies and a medium-size amount of marijuana inside it, according to the log.

“The marijuana was packaged in a way drug dealers would package for distribution,” wrote police.

They also found two $20 bills, a pipe, rolling papers, a court receipt — and the two pay stubs, through which they were able to identify the youth who fled the scene.

Police will request a warrant for his arrest on charges of disorderly conduct, possession with intent to distribute in a park zone, trespassing and possession of a class D substance with intent to distribute.

Police wrote in the log that the trespassing charges were justified because the Pequot Filling Station has a “No Trespassing” sign, as did 60 Dow St.