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Belmont Ice Cream Shop Worker Busted for Selling Drugs to Customers, Police Say

Booking photo of Martin Abinader released April 9, 2014 by the Belmont Police Department.
Booking photo of Martin Abinader released April 9, 2014 by the Belmont Police Department.
After a month and a half of investigating the case, Belmont Police detectives believe they've nabbed a local drug dealer who was selling from an ice cream shop in town.

Belmont Police Captain Patrick Halleran says the man was arrested on suspicion of drug sales at a shop in the 1000 block of Alameda de las Pulgas around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

"Detectives, working on a tip, arranged for two undercover buys from an on-duty store employee, Martin Abinader age 20 of San Carlos," Halleran said.  "Abinader was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the San Mateo County Jail on charges relating to sales of marijuana, possession of cocaine and concentrated cannabis."

According to the captain, Abinader's arrest came after six weeks of investigation, when cops were tipped off to a man selling drugs to customers at a store located just blocks from several local schools.

"We take the safety of our community, and particularly our youth, very seriously" said Belmont Police Chief Dan DeSmidt.  "This type of activity will not be tolerated in our community."

Police believe the man was working alone, though the case is still under investigation.



Tom Ricks April 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Kinda makes you wonder what was in those "sprinkles" on top of the sundae
tvj April 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Not a surprise. Always knew something was up in there. This kid was there forever, always kinda rude, even to kids. No way the other "workers" didn't know.
Marlys Balsamo April 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM
That place is bad news. 30 years ago the guy who owned that one and the one in sc was stalking me. He had a camera in the women's bathroom. I had to identify him thru some photos - apparently scpd already had him on their radar. Haven't set foot in a BR ever since.
Doobie Brothers April 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Marlys Balsamo : I know exactly who you're talking about. I worked for the same guy at his Foster City franchise.

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