A former Salem official is facing felony drug charges.
Ron Giordano, 53, former Zoning Board of Appeals chairman, has been indicted by a grand jury in superior court for selling OxyContin pills out of his house.
Giordano is facing multiple charges, including two counts of sale of a controlled drug along with single counts of conspiracy to commit sale of a controlled drug and violation of the controlled drugs act.
The indictments came months after a police investigation turned up evidence of Giordano selling drugs out of his home.
The case is building against the former state representative will likely be facing the Rockingham County Superior Court. If Giordano is found guilty, he may be facing 3 to 7 years in state prison.
According to prosecutors, Giordano had sold over 100 pills to a police informant in just a 3 week period. He was allegedly getting the pills legally via a prescription due to a past injury, however the amount of pills he was getting in such a short period of time lead prosecutors to believe he was obtaining the drugs by other means.
Salem Police said the informant was put into place once they discovered Giordano may be selling drugs. Not only did the informant “personally know Giordano,” he had bought drugs from Giordano before. A sworn affidavit shows the informant was under surveillance while meeting with Giordano in a parking lot on North Broadway in Salem.
According to the affidavit, the initial drug sale took place in the parking lot, followed by further drug sales at Giordano’s home on Lois Lane. Four detectives witnessed the informant enter Giordano’s home and come out just minutes later. The drugs purchased inside where then handed over to police.
The buyer was given marked currency by police to make the purchase form Giordano, which was later recovered.
Along with the marked money, a search of Giordano’s home turned up $6,000 in cash.
Since his arrest, Giordano has resigned from the zoning board, and is currently free on $10,000 cash bail. His arraignment is set for June 28 in Rockingham County Superior Court.
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Original article unionleader.com