BELMONT — A Franklin man was ordered held on $2,000 cash after police and fire officials found him unconscious in a bathroom at a local manufacturing facility.
Joseph D. Lawrence, 33, of 188 Main St. is charged with one count of possession of controlled drugs — heroin. Judge Jim Carrol of the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said if he could get placement in a secure residential treatment program, his cash bail would be reduced to personal recognizance.
Affidavits obtained from the court said the officer responded with emergency crews and found Lawrence in the bathroom and was told by fire officials that Lawrence was seen with a syringe while he was regaining consciousness.
The officer said Lawrence agreed to a search of his person and police found a needle cap, a cap for a syringe plunger and a spoon. The officer began a search of the bathroom and a Belmont Fire lieutenant picked up a stack of paper towels and a syringe with liquid fell from them.
When the officer brought the needle from the bathroom, Lawrence allegedly told him that he has a drug problem and the needle contained heroin.
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