BELMONT — A Laconia man was arrested by Belmont Police Thursday evening and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and felony possession of heroin.
Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said James Morin, 35, of 144 Valley St. was reported to be hanging around and stumbling outside of the Penguin Express Mart on Rte. 106 around 9:53 p.m. Thursday.
When police arrived, one officer made contact with him briefly and he reported that Morin was having a hard time talking and maintaining his balance. Police said Morin dropped a number of items on the ground around him.
Morin told police he was waiting for someone to pick him up from his contractor's job but police said he continued to be unsteady on his feet and was constantly moving his arms and legs in a "sporadic manner".
The officer said he didn't smell any alcohol on Morin's breath but, based on his actions, believed he was under the influence of some kind of narcotic. Affidavits said he was sweating and had multiple scratch marks on his face, neck and arm that were consistent with narcotic substance abuse.
While the first officer was still speaking with Morin, he was told that Morin's ride had arrived. The officer went to speak to the driver and left a second officer with Morin.
The second officer performed a "Terry" search, or a search to determine whether or not he had any weapons, because he said Morin was acting evasive and that he kept putting his hands in his pockets.
While police found no weapons on him, the officer felt something hard and round in his pocket and asked Morin what is was.
Affidavits said Morin replied "Come on man" and the officer asked him again to show him what was in his pockets.
Morin complied and brought forth two bags — one he said was methamphetamine and a smaller one he said was heroin.
Police said Morin wouldn't reveal any information about how or where he got the drugs but allegedly admitted his story about working was a lie. He later said he came to Belmont to get the drugs and had used some methamphetamine about two hours before his encounter with police.
Morin also told police that he was on parole and being supervised by the Laconia Probation and Parole Office.
He was placed on a 72-hour parole violation hold and after appearing in court yesterday morning was ordered held on $5,000 cash-only bail.
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