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July 3, 2014

Police: Road-rage suspect had carload of drugs

SALEM — Call it a case of “car-ma.”

A report of road rage turned into a drug bust on Friday evening in Salem, police said.

William Kyle Schalnsker, 31, of 5 Summit St., Salem, is now not only facing charges that he “chest bumped” a 77-year-old dialysis patient on his way to treatment Friday evening, but that he was planning to peddle at least some of the drugs subsequently found in his BMW. The dozens of pills and powders included methamphetamine, Suboxone, oxycodone, MDMA, Viagra and Cialis, as well as four bags of marijuana.

Police were originally called to the scene of a confrontation between two drivers on Endicott Street in front of Salem House of Pizza shortly after 7 p.m.

The older man told police he was on his way to a dialysis treatment when he was cut off by a BMW.

It was not clear from the police report what led both men to pull over, but Patrolmen Roberson Troncoso and Joshua Gerrard showed up just in time to witness Schalnsker deliberately slam his chest into the older man, according to a police report.

During a pat-frisk of Schalnsker, police found a small metal pipe with white powder on it in one pocket, a glass vial in the other and $1,839 in a third pocket.

And, the report notes, after taking Schalnsker out of the police cruiser at the station, the officers noticed a baggie of Suboxone on the floor that had not been there before they put him into the car.

Police discovered that the registration on Schalnsker’s 2009 BMW had expired. Prior to the car being towed, police conducted an inventory search, something they routinely do in case items are later reported lost after a car is towed.

The search turned up an Altoids tin containing 21 Viagra and 131/2 Cialis pills in a door storage pocket. In the center console, police found several small blue and green bags filled with crushed oxycodone pills. Also in the console were three cellphones and $320 in cash. On the passenger side floor, police found a small black plastic case that contained a bag filled with MDMA, a popular “club” drug sometimes known as “Molly,” and another bag filled with methamphetamine. Police also found a bag with syringes and containers of sodium chloride.

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