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Merrimack Valley

February 8, 2013

Salem police arrest confidential informant

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Police will work with the individual and try to get good information in exchange for bail or lesser charges, according to Patten.

“We try to work things out in a fair and reasonable manner,” he said. “Depending on the level of cooperation and the quality and quantity of information, the suspect can get a reduced sentence or reduced charge in exchange for information.”

The arrangement has to be advantageous and worthwhile before police will enter into it, Patten said.

“We’re not going to reduce a major drug case,” he said. “You keep trying to get the bigger fish. You want to get the supplier; it’s a common practice in drug investigations.”

The relationship doesn’t erase the charges, but it can be mutually beneficial, he said. In fact, it usually is.

However, this time, Beamud didn’t hold up his end of the arrangement, according to police.

This week, detectives learned Beamud was ready to move south and had moving trucks at his home. He hadn’t provided any assistance to detectives, Patten said, and a warrant for the pending charges was sought.

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