Concerns that suspect in drug arrest may flee, judge orders $2,500 bail

NASHUA – Unsure whether 25-year-old Jeremy Betances lives in Hampton or in Lawrence, Mass. prompted a Superior Court judge on Monday to set Betances’s bail at $2,500 cash or surety, following his arrest over the weekend on drug-possession charges.

Public defender Maddy Bullard, who represented Betances at his bail hearing Monday afternoon, asked Colburn to set bail at $200 cash – the totality of the contents of his bank account.

But Colburn, citing her concerns that Betances has few if any ties to Greater Nashua and therefore a potential flight risk, adopted Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster’s recommendation that Betances’s bail be set at $2,500 cash or surety.

Police said Betances was a subject of what they called a “short-term investigation into the possible possession of methamphetamine,” prompting members of the department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit to conduct “a subject stop on Betances” on Friday.

Police said officers who encountered Betances allegedly located “drug evidence,” and took him into custody. They charged him with one count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession of LSD, police said.

Betances was booked and later jailed pending Monday’s hearing.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.