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Braintree police make two heroin-related arrests in one day

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 22, 2013 03:55 PM

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Man charged with heroin possession
Braintree police say they found several bags of heroin in a man’s car after investigating was appeared to be suspicious activity Thursday.

Police said that officers noticed the suspect parked at a Hancock and Plain Street business and thought it looked suspicious.

While watching the suspect, police saw the car pull out into Washington Street and then weave within the lane of traffic as the car drove down Franklin Street.

Police stopped the car and conducted a search of the vehicle with Lucky, the police department’s Labrador retriever specially trained to find narcotics.

The dog indicated drugs on the dashboard near the steering column, police said, and a closer inspection of the car revealed several bags of heroin concealed behind the fuse box.

William P. Mercado, 25, of Jamaica Plain was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, failure to keep within marked lanes, and excessively tinted windows.

Man allegedly drove while high on heroin
In another incident Thursday, police said they arrested a man who was allegedly driving while high on heroin.

According to police, an officer stopped a car after he saw the vehicle swerve in the street. Believing the driver was under the influence of some kind of substance, the officer pulled the man over.

A search of the suspect uncovered an uncapped hypodermic syringe and a spoon with what appeared to be heroin residue, police said.

The passenger in the car was also searched. In the passenger’s purse, police reported finding additional syringes and spoons with heroin residue as well as seven bags of heroin.

Officers also found a syringe loaded with what they believed to be heroin.

Ryan M. Shea, 34, of Arlington and Emily D. McDonald, 25, of Arlington were arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

Shea was additionally charged with operating under the influence of drug, and failure to keep within marked lanes.

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