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Beverly police raid Dane Street home, arrest man on drug and weapons charges

Posted by Terri Ogan  February 7, 2013 11:00 AM

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Aided by a regional police SWAT team, Beverly police raided a Dane Street home around 9:30 Wednesday morning and arrested the resident on drug and gun charges.

Roland Masse, 36, of 68 Dane St. faces counts that include trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card, defacing a firearm serial number and firearms security violation.

Masse’s arrest was the result of a five-week investigation by Beverly police detectives.

According to an announcement from the Beverly Police Department, the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) SWAT team entered the building first to secure the area. Officials handcuffed Masse for safety while Beverly Animal Control Officer James Lindley secured a Pit Bull in Masse’s room.

Beverly detectives then entered the apartment and seized a large amount of what they believe is both powder and crack cocaine, a firearm with a defaced serial number, ammunition, and cash proceeds from drugs sales. The firearm, a .38 caliber revolver, was located in a laptop style bag next to where Masse was sitting when officers enter his room, the announcement said.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the case.

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