Sting allegedly catches Belmont man selling pot inside village store

BELMONT — Police arrested a local man who allegedly walked into the Belmont Village Store Tuesday and told the employees he had a lot of marijuana and was willing to sell it to any employees who wanted some.

William Fort, Jr., 30, of 41 Depot St. had also been ordered on November 8 by Judge Jim Carroll not to enter the Village Store, however the reason for the order is not known.

Fort is charged with one count of sales of a controlled drug and one count of breach of bail. After his video appearance, Carroll released Fort Jr. on $5,000 personal recognizance bail with the condition that he remain on house arrest and follow other bail conditions including no alcohol consumption, firearms or other dangerous weapons.

Police affidavits said that someone from the store reported Fort's attempt to sell marijuana to the police, who told the person to call again if he returned to the store and he would be nearby.

Ultimately, the officer waited for Fort, Jr. in the back room of the store and positioned himself where he could remain out of site but still see one of the back room storage areas.

When Fort returned, the person entered the back room and the officer witnessed the transaction, saying he saw Fort, Jr. take a small baggie from his pocket and take $20 from the person.

Fort, Jr. allegedly left the store immediately and when the officer caught up to him in the parking lot, he was getting into a light blue car and was taken into custody without incident.

While being searched at the Belknap County Jail, correction officers allegedly found a baggie identical to the one Fort allegedly previously sold. Fort, Jr. told police he forgot it was there.