FAIRFIELD — A 24-year-old New Hampshire man was arrested on cocaine trafficking charges Monday after a month-long investigation by area police.

The man, Jermaine Jackson, was found with 33.2 grams of crack cocaine and $2,300 in cash, according to Fairfield Police Chief John Emery.

He said the cocaine had a street value of $3,300 and was found in Jackson’s room at the American Lodge along with other drug paraphernalia.

Jackson, whose nickname is Jamaica, was under police surveillance as part of the investigation by Fairfield and Waterville police and the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office when he was stopped in his Honda on Main Street about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

“We purposefully let me him leave (the lodge) so we could stop him in a vehicle for safety reasons,” Emery said, explaining police preferred not to have a confrontation in a small room.

Detective Kingston Paul and four Fairfield officers conducted the search of Jackson, the vehicle and Room 24, Emery said.

Jackson also faces a felony violation of conditional release and was taken to Somerset County Jail. Jackson had been out on bail on previous drug charges, according to a jail booking official.

Jackson faces up to 10 years on the trafficking charge and five years on the other one.

Jackson, whose address is listed as 134 East Hollis St., Apt. 7, Nashua, N.H., is scheduled to appear June 6 in Superior Court in Skowhegan, Emery said.

Beth Staples — 861-9252

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