CORINNA (AP) – A Corinna man was being sought by police in connection with the seizure of nearly eight pounds of cocaine found buried in the back yard of his grandmother’s home, authorities said Monday.

Jason Belmer, 25, ran into the woods after the cocaine was seized Thursday, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said. The find was described as one of the state’s largest cocaine seizures, with an estimated street value of as much as $380,000.

After agents had been tipped off about Belmer’s alleged drug dealing, authorities searched the home of his grandmother, Jeanne Rogers. The drugs were found wrapped in plastic and buried beneath a shed.

Rogers has not been charged and the investigation is continuing, said agency Supervisor Garry Higgins.

Belmer was named in an arrest warrant on a charge of aggravated trafficking in cocaine. Police said he is believed to be out of state, may be trying to obtain a firearm, and should be considered dangerous.

In 1999 Belmer escaped from Newport District Court after he had been charged with burglary. He jumped out a courthouse window, fought with police officers and was captured.



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