Jaffrey man arrested after being caught with $20K in cocaine and heroin

  • Alan Wheeler, 29, Jaffrey Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, July 05, 2018 3:55PM

A Jaffrey man was arrested Wednesday after he fled police with more than $20,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine in his possession.

Alan Wheeler, 29, was charged by Jaffrey police with two counts of possession of controlled drugs with the intent to distribute (cocaine and heroin) and resisting arrest or detention, according to a police department press release issued Thursday afternoon. 

“In our experience, this is a fairly substantial amount,” said Police Chief Bill Oswalt, in an interview Thursday afternoon. “… By virtue of the quantity in his possession and the amount of cash he had, it’s our belief that he was selling.”

Jaffrey police were dispatched to Nelson Circle on July 4 around 9:10 a.m. for the report of an unwanted subject. 

The caller told police that Wheeler possessed a “shoe box full of drugs,” according to the release. 

Upon arrival, police found Wheeler in the area of Turnpike Road and Knight Street carrying a shoe box and some clothing. 

After being instructed to place the items he was carrying on the ground, Wheeler took the items and ran down Knight Street. 

Wheeler threw the shoe box during a brief foot pursuit, spilling its contents on the ground. 

Police returned to the shoebox after Wheeler was in custody and found and took possession of the following: multiple baggies of crack cocaine, which police say has an estimated street value of $15,000; multiple baggies of heroin, which police say has an estimated street value of $7,4000; and over $4,000 in cash. 

Oswalt said Wheeler has a history of drug-related offenses in town. 

In Sept. 2015, Wheeler was given a two to four year prison sentence at the Cheshire County Superior Court on a charge of possession of the controlled drug fentanyl with the intent to sell or dispense. He was also assessed a $2,000 fine, which was suspended for 10 years. He was charged after police observed him complete a drug deal in May 2015. 

Wheeler was transported and held at the Cheshire County House of Corrections. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 11, according to court records. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.