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1 indicted on drug charges

PETERBOROUGH — A 24-year-old Peterborough man who allegedly tried to run away after police attempted to arrest him in May is now facing felony drug charges.

Alan Wheeler, 24, of Peterborough was indicted by a Hillsborough County Grand Jury on charges of possession of heroin and possession of crack cocaine. He was also indicted on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and operating a motor vehicle after his license had been suspended.

Wheeler was arrested outside Riverview Apartments shortly after 6 p.m. on May 8, according to Peterborough Police Capt. Ernie Belletete, who said in May that Sgt. Richard Nelson went to the apartment complex after police got a report of a man driving after his license had been suspended. Nelson identified Wheeler, whose license he knew had been suspended, as Wheeler was getting out of a 2005 Ford van. When Nelson told Wheeler he was being placed under arrest, Wheeler ran into the woods behind the buildings. Nelson chased him down and took him into custody after a short pursuit.

Belletete said Nelson found heroin on Wheeler after he was arrested. After getting a search warrant for the van, police found drug paraphernalia inside.

Wheeler has been held in the state prison in Concord in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. A trial date has not been set.

The drug charges each carry a potential penalty of 3 1∕ 2 to 7 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. The operating after suspension charge carries a possible penalty of 12 month jail time and a $2,000 fine. Court documents did not specify potential penalties for the resisting arrest charge.

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