Belchertown man faces multiple drug, weapons charges following raid


Staff Writer
Friday, June 07, 2019

BELCHERTOWN — Police conducted an early morning raid Tuesday at a residence on Franklin Street and arrested a 22-year-old man as part of an “ongoing investigation into the cultivation and sale of marijuana.”

Eli Silverman faces drug and weapons charges after he allegedly pointed a handgun at officers.

Belchertown police and officers with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force conducted the raid at Silverman’s residence at 6:10 a.m., and stated that they encountered Silverman aiming a black 9 mm handgun at them as they entered the residence.

Police were able to subdue Silverman and placed him under arrest without injury to him or officers, according to the police statement.

A search of the residence turned up drug paraphernalia, drug packaging materials, a 9 mm handgun with the serial number filed off, magazines and rounds of ammunition, edibles, cannabis extract, mushrooms, THC, LSD, approximately 136 marijuana plants, around $1,002 and “much more narcotics evidence,” according to police.

“The search revealed a large marijuana cultivation/manufacturing operation of various byproducts inside the residence,” police stated.

Silverman was arrested on eight charges: possession of a firearm without a Firearms Identification Card, possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number during a felony, possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, 11 counts of possession with intent to distribute a Class C substance, and marijuana cultivation.