Belmont man charged with meth distribution

BELMONT — A Main Street man was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail for alleged possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute after being detained after a traffic stop early Thursday morning.

Michael Lima, 43, is also charged with one count of resisting arrest.

After a scuffle with police, a black container from Lima's pocket ended up on the ground where police allegedly found a scale, six baggies with 0.5 grams each of a substance they believed to be methamphetamine, and a glass pipe.

According to police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Lima was a passenger in a truck operated by a friend and at 12:43 a.m. yesterday. A police officer patrolling on Shaker Road stopped a pickup for defective equipment.

The driver of the truck stepped out and gave the officer permission to look at the inspection sticker. While looking, the officer noticed two spoons with brown matter on them on the driver's seat and ordered the driver to put his hands on the truck, and Lima, who was the passenger, to put his hands on the dashboard.

The officer said he had to continually remind Lima to keep his hands on the dashboard.

When a supervisor arrived, Lima was ordered to get out of the car while the driver was searched. No drugs were found on the driver but he told police the truck wasn't his so he couldn't consent to a search.

When Lima gave his cell phone to the driver so he could call the owner of the truck, police noticed he kept putting his in his pockets and told him to stop.

One officer said Lima would take his hands out but would immediately put them back in.

Police noticed black object in his pocket and asked him what it was and Lima said it was his wallet.

Police said it had an appearance of "Hogue-type" grip and feared it may have been a gun. (Hogue is a manufacturer of gun grips.)

When police told him to remove the wallet from his pocket so they could make sure it wasn't a weapon he did not do so. When one of the officers went to put Lima's hands behind his back to handcuff him, Lima pulled away.

A struggle ensued and police said Lima kept resisting and one of the officers became concerned that the item in Lima's pocket was a weapon.
Police said as Lima continued to struggle with the officer, the supervisor stunned him with a Taser so the officer could bring him to the ground.

At press time, police said they had applied for a warrant to search the truck. Lima is no longer housed at the Belknap County House of Corrections.