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August 25, 2011

Pelham man faces many drug charges

PELHAM — A man already out on bail from Lawrence District Court was arrested Tuesday on drug charges.

Police arrested Andrew Szmyt, 22, on a warrant with a long list of charges: obstructing governmental operations, possession with intent to distribute Percocet, unlawful dealing in prescription medication, possession of marijuana, possession of Xanax, possession of Klonopin, possession of Suboxone, possession of Percocet and possession of Lorazepam.

The arrest warrant was the result of a burglary investigation, which led police to Szmyt's alleged drug activity, according to Lt. Gary Fisher.

Police search Szmyt's vehicle and a home at 73 Hobbs Road. They found approximately 100 prescription pills, marijuana, about $500 in cash, scales, packaging material, ledgers and a black replica Taurus handgun, police said.

The prescription medication is being sent to the state crime lab for identification, but police believe they are Percocet, Suboxone, Klonopin, Xanax and Lorazepam. The approximate street value of the prescription drugs is $3,000, Fisher said.

Szmyt was released on $25,000 personal recognizance, pending his arraignment in Salem District Court Sept. 12.

He also is out on bail from Lawrence District Court on charges of conspiracy to violate drug laws and disguising with the intent to hinder an officer. In that case, Lawrence police said Szmyt and a companion went to that city to buy 200 Percocet on Aug. 11.

The investigation is ongoing, Fisher said, and more arrests are possible.

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