SALEM — A Lynn man who was spotted driving around Salem at 3 a.m. despite having a restriction on his license that requires him to be off the road by 2 a.m. is now being held without bail on a dozen gun and drug charges.
Cesar Pimentel, 29, pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include two counts each of carrying a firearm without a license and carrying a large capacity firearm in commission of a felony, and three counts of possession of a Class B substance (crack cocaine, powder cocaine and oxycodone), subsequent offense, during his arraignment Wednesday afternoon in Salem District Court.
Patrolman Timothy Beaupre was on Lafayette Street at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday when he spotted a 2019 Honda Accord taking a turn from Lafayette Street onto Washington Street. Beaupre recognized the car as belonging to Pimentel, then saw Pimentel getting out of the driver's side of the car and going into the E Market on Norman Street.
About 10 minutes later, he came out of the store and got back into the Accord. The officer pulled Pimentel over. As Pimentel recorded the officer with his cell phone, the officer explained that it was after 2 a.m. and that Pimentel was being charged with driving without a valid license.
Because a passenger in the car was not licensed, police decided to tow the Accord. During an inventory search, which is done prior to a car being towed, officers found $1,000 in cash in a console, bags containing about a half ounce each of crack and powder cocaine, and pills.
They also found a fanny pack that, when opened, contained two loaded handguns, a .45-caliber Ruger and a 9 mm Glock 17.
Pimentel, who is being held at Middleton Jail, is due back in court on Aug. 21 for a hearing to determine whether he poses a danger if released.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.