PELHAM — A six-month investigation into drug trafficking in town led to the arrest Thursday of Keith Bailey, 24, of Pelham.
He was arrested during a motor vehicle stop a little sooner than police anticipated. Investigators found out Bailey was planning to head to California, according to Lt. Brian McCarthy.
Local detectives have been working with the New Hampshire State Police Narcotics Investigation Unit on the case.
An undercover state trooper purchased marijuana and prescription drugs from Bailey, police said.
That same trooper also gathered “important information” about a Pelham-based drug trafficking ring, police said. The group was sending “large amounts” of marijuana out of state, packaged to look like medical marijuana, police said. Police believe the marijuana was obtained from a legitimate marijuana dispensary in California.
During the course of their investigation, police bought about $4,000 worth of “high-grade” marijuana and prescription medications from multiple people.
Bailey is charged with two counts of selling marijuana, but McCarthy said more charges may be brought against him and other arrests are expected.
Bailey was arraigned in nashua District Court and held on $2,500 cash bail.