A Manchester man was arrested and charged Saturday after arranging a drug deal with a law enforcement officer, police said.
Jason Howard Harmon, 37, of the 3000 block of Main Street, was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, paraphernalia, resisting or interfering arrest and intent to distribute the illegal substance, according to electronic court records.
The court set a $5,000 bail Dec. 1. Bail was posted the same day, court records show.
Manchester and Hampstead police collaborated in arranging a transaction and Harmon’s arrest, police said in a statement of probable cause.
A Hampstead police officer sent Harmon a text message and arranged to buy five $20 bags of cocaine, the statement shows.
Officers set up the transaction behind Dutch Corner Restaurant in Manchester and the undercover Hampstead police officer met Harmon behind the Main Street business, police wrote.
The policeman identified himself and attempted to arrest the 37-year-old, at which point Harmon fled through an alley, police wrote. The officer was able to detain the alleged drug dealer shortly thereafter, the statement shows.
Manchester police officers responded to the scene to assist with the arrest and found a cigarette pack loaded with four glass vials of white powder, which officers suspect to have been cocaine, police said.