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Braintree Scanner Tales: Teens allegedly sold drugs behind school; man arrested in attempted car break

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 21, 2012 01:36 PM

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Teens allegedly sold drugs behind school

A Braintree teenager was arrested on Thursday on charges he sold drugs behind the Highlands School, and a second youth will be summonsed to court to face similar charges, police said.

According to police, officers received information earlier in the day that teachers could smell marijuana outside their classroom windows after school. As a result, police went to the school at 4:30 p.m. to investigate.

An off-duty officer was driving home when he overheard the radio call; he pulled into the school parking lot, where he observed the suspects sitting in a parked car behind the school. A third teen was standing outside the vehicle.

When uniformed officers arrived, the suspects exited the vehicle and joined several other youths nearby at the basketball court.

The off-duty detective alerted arriving officers of what he had seen, and the suspects were called back to their vehicle to be questioned.

Police said officers could smell an odor of marijuana from the vehicle. A subsequent search uncovered two backpacks, one of which contained a large bag of marijuana, six small bags of marijuana, and a digital scale. One of the suspects also had $276 on him at the time.

The second backpack contained a digital scale.

As a result, Giovanni Rodrigues, 17, of Braintree was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, violating the drug-free school zone, and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

The second youth, whose name has not been released as he has not yet been charged, will be summonsed to court on similar charges.

Hanover man arrested in attempted car break

A Hanover man was arrested on Thursday shortly before 10 p.m. after allegedly attempting to break into a car on Howard Street, police said.

Members of the Moose Club told police the suspect tried to break into a club member’s vehicle, which was parked in the rear lot. The suspect and an unidentified female fled before police arrived.

The male suspect was located shortly thereafter and apprehended after a brief struggle.

A subsequent search of the suspect uncovered a small bag of what was later determined to be heroin.

As a result, Andrew G. Billings, 28, of Hanover was arrested and charged with attempt to commit a crime, possession of heroin, and resisting arrest.

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