Two arrested in West Lebanon drug bust

WEST LEBANON - A suspected drug dealer who ran out of Renihan Meadows with a loaded pistol in his hand Friday when police showed up to execute a surprise search warrant is one of two men due in court today on a slate of charges.

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    The search warrant at 15 Renihan Meadows came as the result of an investigation into illicit drug sales that spanned several months, the Lebanon Police Department announced Monday.

    "During the warrant execution, Lebanon police officers entered the home and encountered several occupants. Simultaneously, Lebanon officers providing perimeter security on the outside of the home encountered a male subject who attempted to flee through a basement door," police said.

    "The male, later identified as Jonathan Martinez, 23, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was confronted by the officers (who noticed he) was armed with a loaded pistol, which he was carrying in his hand. Martinez attempted to flee back into the basement area but was apprehended by the officers, who ordered him to put down his weapon."

    Police said Martinez was found to be in possession of approximately 90 bags of heroin and a small amount of crack cocaine along with over $7,000 in cash, all of which was seized.

    Martinez is facing two felony charges of possession of a controlled drug, one felony charge of felonious use of a firearm, and one misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

    The other defendant who was arrested as part of the investigation is Ceagin Darling, 22, of Lebanon. Darling is charged with six felony counts for sale of heroin and crack cocaine.
    Police said more than 6 ounces of marijuana was also seized from the home.

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