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Braintree Scanner Tales: Heroin trafficking; delivery man assaulted

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 10, 2013 01:13 PM

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Drug-trafficking charges
Two Braintree men were arrested on Tuesday after allegedly dealing over 30 grams of heroin.

According to police, both men were the subject of an ongoing investigation by Braintree, Quincy, and Weymouth detectives into the sale of heroin throughout the area.

On Tuesday, the two suspects were believed to be returning to one of the men’s Braintree home from a Boston location after picking up the heroin.

Police stopped the men on Commercial Street and reported finding one of the suspects with approximately 33 grams of heroin.

The two men were arrested, and police received a search warrant for the suspect’s Braintree home.

A search of the Elm Street property uncovered a small quantity of heroin, evidence of drug packaging, 192 Gabapentin pills, and two vials of steroids, the police said, as well as a safe containing $25,000.

A search of the second suspect’s home uncovered a digital scale, police said.

Justin K. Butler, 29, and Steven M. Long, 28, both from Braintree, were charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act, and a drug-free zone violation.

Butler was additionally charged with possession of a Class E substance.

Deliveryman assault leads to arrests
Police arrested three people in Braintree after a delivery man for a Chinese restaurant reported that he was assaulted and robbed after making a delivery.

The 26-year-old victim said he went to the Braintree Village to deliver the food at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, but was unable to make contact with anyone in the apartment. He called the customer back to confirm the address, and was told to meet the party downstairs in the vestibule.

When he arrived, the victim was confronted by two men who assaulted him, took the Chinese food and $196 in cash, and fled towards the rear of an adjacent building, police said.

Police responded to the call and using the call-back number as a starting point, worked with Braintree Village management to identify another apartment in the complex where the suspects might be staying.

Police watched the building and soon saw two men and two women leaving the apartment. Police stopped them and the victim identified the two men as the people who had assaulted him.

Police searched the apartment and said they found a paper bag with Chinese food cartons and a receipt matching information given by the delivery man.

One of the women attempted to conceal a cell phone used to place the order, police said, but it was soon discovered.

Ronald E. McCoy, Jr., 20, who said he was homeless, and Devante X. Hill, 20, of Newton were arrested and charged with unarmed robbery, larceny under $250, and conspiracy. Learna L. Preston, 22, of Cambridge was charged with obstructing justice.

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