23 Aug 2014
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Police on Snow Removal Duty Make Drug Bust

Salem police officers working to move cars off of Gardner Street Thursday afternoon allegedly walked in on a group of alleged drug dealers and ended up making six arrests.

Police on Snow Removal Duty Make Drug Bust

Prior to approaching 26 Gardner St., Salem police officers had used their sirens and a PA system to announce to neighborhood residents that all vehicles parked along the roadway needed to be moved for snow removal.

When officers came back a half-hour later, they reportedly found six vehicles parked along the street and ended up knocking on the front door at about 1 p.m., Lt. Mary Butler said Thursday night.

When officers were told to "come inside, it's open", they reportedly entered the building and discovered a group of people sitting around a coffee table conducting a marijuana transcation, Butler said.

"They found a bunch of people just sitting around a table there with (marijuana) right in the common hallway," Butler said.

After a brief investigation, police confiscated an undisclosed amount of marijuana, a digital scale and made the following arrests:

  • Chad L. Goodwin, 22, of 26 Gardner St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of possessing a class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute.
  • Christopher Mastropietro, 21, of 44 Gage Ave., Revere, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to violate a drug law.
  • Sarra E. Bergeron, 22, of 26 Gardner St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to violate a drug law.
  • Kasey J. Higgins, 19, of 32 Stewart St., Billerica, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to violate a drug law.
  • Andrew J. Cetola, 22, of 26 Gardner St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of possessing a class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute.
  • Stephen E. Taylor, 20, of 91 Bellfloer Road, Billerica, was arrested on a charge of possessing a class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute.

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